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Where to Celebrate Black History Month 2014 in Los Angeles

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2014 07:12pm | Post a Comment

February is Black History Month, and we’re celebrating with events around town. Below is a list of events taking place around Los Angeles this February.

 

eyes on the prizeSaturday Feb. 1 - Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 – AC Bilbrew Library (150 E. El Segundo Blvd.) - 1 p.m.

The AC Bilbrew Library  has a number of Black History events this month, starting with this film screening of Eyes on the Prize.

 

Sunday Feb. 2 – Target Sundays at CAAM 600 State Dr. - 1-5 p.m.

If you haven’t yet been to the Contempoary African American Museum, this might be a good reason to go. CAAM, as it is also known, kicks off BHM with a celebration of achievements in history, art and culture with live performances and an art workshop.

 

moses sumneyMonday Feb. 3 – Moses Sumney – Bardot Hollywood – 9 p.m.

Experimental soul-folk artist Moses Sumney takes the stage at Bardot Hollywood.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.31.14: Childish Gambino, DJ Platurn, DJ Mek, Step Brothers, Bobby Capri, Eclectic Method + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 31, 2014 12:30pm | Post a Comment

Childish Gambino "3005" (from 
Because the Internet - his number one album at Amoeba)


Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five for Week Ending January 31 2014


1) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

2) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)

3)
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)

4) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)

5) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

Shout out to Ervin at Amoeba Hollywood for this week's hip-hop chart that reflects the best sellers at the SoCal store and pretty much repeats last week's chart from the store. Meanwhile a brand new release not on this chart but selling well and likely to be on next week's chart is the
The Step Brothers' Lord Steppington on Rhymesayers  Entertainment (CD & 2 LP vinyl) that is really an amazing album. I have listened to it repeatedly over the past week and each listen hear some new part due to its intricately layered production - thanks to the endlessly talented duo of The Alchemist and Evidence who make up the Step Brothers and are joined by a excellently chosen group of guest emcees throughout the 14 tracks including Oh No ("Draw Something") and Styles P ("No Hesitation").

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The Gateway to the Valley -- Exploring North Hollywood

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 31, 2014 10:57am | Post a Comment
INTRODUCTION 

After focusing on eight Eastside neighborhoods whilst house-sitting in El Sereno, I've returned to the polls to determine where to explore. I've heard the vox populi and therefore visited North Hollywood -- only my fourth piece on a San Fernando Valley community thus far. It was a hot, somewhat hazy, and thankfully breezy January day when I decided to visit the cultural capital of the Valley.


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NORTH HOLLYWOOD

It's important to note that, unlike East Hollywood, North Hollywood is not actually part of the Hollywood district. Neither, for that matter, is West Hollywood, but unlike that city it doesn't even border Hollywood. North Hollywood is actually on the other side of the Hollywood Hills in the San Fernando Valley

Pendersleigh & Son Cartography's Map of North Hollywood
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of North Hollywood


New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Woodkid

Posted by Amoebite, January 31, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment

Woodkid

In the world of creativity, Yoann Lemoine is a renaissance man. The French born director turned singer-songwriter is turning heads with every new project he takes on. Known for directing well-crafted music videos for Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swiftand Drake, Lemoine is also an accomplished photographer, graphic desinger and illustrator. Growing up in a musical home, the move from behind tha camera to behind the mic was organic. With a keen eye for sleek directing and a strong ear for grand, plush production, the stage was set for Lemoine to introduce the world to Woodkid. Under this moniker, Lemoine performs neofolk/experimental pop music both singing and producing tracks. Woodkid Golden

His debut album, The Golden Age, is an autobiographical work about his childhood. The album utilizes layers of real live strings coupled with synthesized orchestration giving both an analog feel with digital clarity. Vocally he sounds reminescent of Morrissey and some critics might say it makes for a modern take on The Smiths. He's got a little something for everyone. The hip hop heads dig it, goths and electronic fans eat it up, and even the classically trained musician can appreciate the beautifully layered arrangements. The kid is good. He directs all his videos in his signature black and white look, shot in high definition for maximum sharpness. The fomula for his visuals creates a very nolstalgic feel and gives you a sense of the past and the future all at once.

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Weekly Roundup: Banks, Incan Abraham, De Lux, Burnt Ones, together PANGEA

Posted by Billy Gil, January 31, 2014 09:33am | Post a Comment

Banks – “Brain”

banks amoebaWe were big fans of Banks’ London EP, which featured the slow and sultry “Waiting Game.” Though “Brain” shares that same sensual foreboding, L.A.-based Jillian Banks comes completely out of her shell with a Beyonce-worthy distorted vocal. Producer Shlomo seems to have helped bring out the best in Banks, helping her move from underground favorite to a sure-to-be-hitmaker. The change to a more personable sound suits her—this is an artist who until recently put her own phone number up on Facebook in lieu of using social media, after all.

 

Incan Abraham – “Concorde”

incan abraham amoebaWow, Incan Abraham are really stepping it up on their new single, “Concorde.” Big, lush chords hit immediately like a more pop-minded version of The War on Drugs, and the vocals come through vibrantly, with a radio-friendly chorus and harmonies. Producer Lewis Pesacov (FIDLAR, Best Coast, Fool’s Gold) is at the helm here. Tolerance is due April 8 on White Iris.

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 1/29/14 - Actress, Evil Fred, Steve Moore, Container and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, January 30, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

Actress - Ghettoville

Actress 

Ghettoville Box Set LP

Werk Discs

The fourth official full-length from British polymath Actress has the producer less focused on traditional rhythms than ever, opting instead for a bleak council estate ambiance. Many of these tracks, such as opener, Forgiven, plod along slowly like a Western score reimagined as gritty urban synth music. Still Actress lets his obvious melodic talents drip sparingly, as seen on the insular funk jam Birdcag . Much of the material explores the DJ Screw influenced territory he explored on his otherworldy remix of Legowelt's  Elements of Houz Music.

Buy Ghettoville Box Set LP

 

Evil Fred - Get On

Evil Fred

Get On 12"

H2 Recordings

Heavy, retro-tinged dj tools. The title track is heavy kick, vocal cut-up woodshedding along the lines of the Head High eps. An insouciant organ riff holds it all together. The B, Back Out, is for a little later in the evening, with a beautiful hypnotic piano chord propelling the track along.

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Primavera Sound 2014 Line-Up Announced Via Unique Promotional Film

Posted by Billyjam, January 30, 2014 08:20am | Post a Comment
        

This week organizers at the big annual Primavera Sound Festival, that happens every late May/early June in Barcelona Spain, announced this year's line-up with some impressive headliners at the multi-stages event that is traditionally rock oriented with some dance and hip-hop with this year featuring a bit more than in past. 

Known for booking well-established longtime acts alongside newer acts Primavera's 2014 line-up does not disappoint with a list that includes Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Arcade Fire, Haïm, The Pixies, Foals, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Television (performing their classic 1977 album Marquee Moon in its entirety), Neutral Milk Hotel, Nine Inch NailsDrive-By Truckers, Laurent Garnier, Chvrches, and Slowdive who will reunite at the Barcelona festival to play their first gig together in over a decade.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #65: Super Bowl 48, NYC DMC Regionals, Chinese New Year, Black History Month + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment


Even though it is being billed as being held in NYC this weekend's much hyped NFL Super Bowl XLVIII is actually being held over in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ where, kicking off at 6:30pm EST, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will battle it out for the champion title.  Nonetheless New York is, as the Times Square billboard (picture right) implies, in a Super Bowl State of Mind
An estimated half a million visitors are expected to descend upon both New York and New Jersey for the Super Bowl and spinoff festivities on Sunday and the days leading up to the big game. Among the attractions will be the Super Bowl Boulevard set up in Times Square from today through Sunday that includes a 60 foot high toboggan run -  perfect for the snow that is forecast for Saturday night/ Sunday - although this could change.  Free to the public Super Bowl Boulevard, runs for 13 blocks of Broadway from 34th to 47th streets, and includes a concert stage, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and an assortment of Super Bowl souvenir booths all catering to, as organizers bill it, "football-themed experiences."  And on 34th Street up atop the Empire State Building through this Sunday there is a light show that is being generated by football fans on Twitter showing support for either  the Seahawks or the Broncos. Meanwhile all round New York City bars and restaurants will be holding Super Bowl 48 viewing parties. Whether it snows or not plan on dressing warm for the inevitable cold weather this Sunday that will reach at highest he mid to upper 30's.

Join Amoeba at First Fridays Feb. 7 With Baths, Peaking Lights

Posted by Billy Gil, January 29, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

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

Join us on February 7th from 5-10 p.m. for live performances from Baths and Peaking Lights starting at 8 p.m., with DJs Anthony Valadez and King Most starting at 5:30, and tours with Dr. Regina Wetzer and Adam Wall and a discussion with Dr. Roberta Marinelli before the show!

Look for the Amoeba booth, where we'll be handing out free swag and selling Amoeba merch.

Baths is the young musician behind such dreamy electronic albums as last year's acclaimed Obsidian. Husband-and-wife duo Peaking Lights make stellar dub-influenced dream pop, notably on 2012's Lucifer.

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10 Bands We'd Like to See Reunite

Posted by Billy Gil, January 29, 2014 11:11am | Post a Comment

Two of our favorite bands of all time — OutKast and Slowdiveare officially reuniting. OutKast announced it a couple weeks back, with news that the Southern rap legends will headline Coachella and play Governernor’s Ball in New York, though it seems likely we’ll see another Big Boi album before a new OutKast album (and we’re OK with that!). Meanwhile, shoegaze titans Slowdive yesterday confirmed rumors (that they themselves flamed) that they’d reunite, playing Primavera in Barcelona in May and “a couple of gigs,” including a show at Village Underground in London May 19 (better book your tickets now!), in order to raise funds for a new LP.

With those two reunions locked down, we thought we’d turn our attention from bands we liked that reunited to bands we’d like to see reunite.

Talking Heads

talking heads amoebaThis one seems a no-brainer. They exactly been quiet since they first broke up in 1991, from briefly “reuniting” onstage in 2002 to play three songs for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, to David Byrnes solo career (including a one-off album with St. Vincent), to the other members’ activity, including The Heads and Tom Tom Club. And the band seems more popular and prescient than ever. So, everyone’s still alive and working.

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Pick up the 2014 Grammy Winners on CD and LP

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2014 11:41am | Post a Comment

The 2014 Grammy Awards took place over the weekend, with big winners including Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We were excited to see Grammy love given to Amoeba friends like La Santa Cecilia and The Civil Wars, while best alternative album went to Pitchfork and Rolling Stone's favorite album of 2013, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The City. A lot of people were talking about Imagine Dragons' performance with Kendrick Lamar, while our favorite has to be Beyonce's opening performance of "Drunk in Love" with her husband, Jay Z.

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Album Picks: Dum Dum Girls, Sky Ferreira, Hospitality

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2014 10:16am | Post a Comment

Dum Dum Girls - Too Pure (CD or LP)

dum dum girls too pure cd amoebaThe time is right for Dum Dum Girls to make their big breakthrough record, and they don’t squander the opportunity with Too Pure. Singer Dee Dee Penny is like the shoegazing version of Chrissie Hynde, turning around a cliché about an irresistible bad boy on “Too True to Be Good” and owning her own leather-and-lace sensitive bad girl image in the delicate “Trouble is My Name.” Richard Gottehrer (the producer behind “My Boyfriend’s Back”) brings the magic he brought to Blondie and The Go-Go's to gleaming new wavers like “Rimbaud Eyes,” while co-producer Sune Rose Wagner’s (of The Raveonettes) effect can be felt on songs like sinister stomper “Cult of Love.” The band’s shimmering guitarwork, Penny’s terrific, breathy vocals and her producers’ ethereal touch come together masterfully on “Lost Boys and Girls Club,” which is like a lost song from a John Hughes movie soundtrack, were it made with the noise pop knowledge gleaned from growing up on Nirvana and Slowdive. Too Pure has bite and sheen in equal doses, leaving lipstick smeared on your heart. You’ll be begging for more.

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Honoring Pete Seeger's Legacy

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2014 08:37am | Post a Comment

In honor of contemporary folk music pioneer Pete Seeger, who died last night at age 94 of natural causes, we present a series of video clips (music and interview) with the influential singer/songwriter whose activist work never ceased and whose career spanned over seven decades. He continued performing up to last year when he sang at Farm Aid 2013 (see below), and speaking out on issues like global warming in recent years (see NY Times interview clip below).

Much more than being simply a musician or a singer/songwriter, Seeger was (as accurately described on his Amoeba website bio) also a folklorist, labor activist, environmentalist, radical leftist, rabble-rouser, and peace advocate. A known left-wing advocate in the 1950's, Seeger was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. When they accused him of being a Communist, refused to testify. Found guilty of contempt of Congress, he was sentenced to a year in prison. His leftist politics also resulted in him being banned from network TV for more than a decade.

Read his full story here on the Amoeba website, and browse the selection of recordings he left behind as his legacy (his discography includes 100+ albums to his credit) on Amoeba.com, including (a great intro to his work) the 16 track Sony Legacy series release Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits that includes such trademark songs of Seeger's as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," and "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)," and the Smithsonian Folkways 27 song collection American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 2: Pete Seeger.  Other Smithsonian Folkways collections of Seeger's worth checking out include the 26 song CD collection If I Had  Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle, and the 2 CD set live concert recording The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960. Another recommended concert recording from around that same period is We Shall Overcome: The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert that is a 2CD set that features 40 songs from that 1963 New York City performance. In the first video clip below, an interview from eight years ago with Seeger at age 86, he discusses the history of the rallying protest anthem, "We Share Overcome." 

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Nothing But a Man, a Film Review by Aiah Samba

Posted by Amoebite, January 27, 2014 12:10pm | Post a Comment

"They don't sound human, do they?" - Duff Anderson

When I was a kid, movies took up a big slice of my daily routine. I was an introverted introvert with nary a friend to call my own. Pop's wasn't around so that left my mom, sister and our RCA television to raise me. I was devouring movies at such an alarming rate my mother began to worry. But that's what mothers do; they worry about their children - especially African mothers. (How will she ever get a grandchild from someone who prays to a TV set?) By the time I was seventeen, I was a self-proclaimed film buff. (Not like I had anything else going for me.) I openly mocked peers with my cinema prowess, brandishing pithy one-liners and pop culture references to put them in their place. But one of those underlings asked an interesting question: "What was my favorite film on African American life?" It made me ponder how much Black cinema I've actually seen. The answer startled me. Now, outside of John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers, some Blaxploitation movies and the occasional Spike Lee joint, there weren't that many I was exposed to. I blamed it on the fact that compared to others, African American movies were far and few between. Heck, I saw more movies from Alfred Hitchcock than all the directors I named above combined. But that was lazy and actually quite inaccurate. There was plenty of gold to be had. So I started to dig. 

Nothing But a Man

Nothing But A Man was one of those gems I discovered. Now this may come off as hyperbolical fluff but I honestly believe this is not only one of the best films on African American life, but American life, period. I never liked the distinction between the two anyway. It's rare to see a film on this subject handled with such tact and elegance - a quiet, sensitive piece with the delicacy and finesse of a Swiss watch.

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Dr. Maya Angelou: From San Francisco Cable Car Operator to Civil Rights Activist, Poet, Author, Actress

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2014 10:40am | Post a Comment

Dr. Maya Angelou at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song " – Maya Angelou

In salute of African American living legends, this tribute to Maya Angelou is the first in a series for the 2014 Amoeblog Black History Month. Maya Angelou, who will turn 86 on April 4th, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928. She would go on to live a trailblazing life in which her accolades would include being an activist, author, actress, screenwriter, educator, dancer, singer, poet, and San Francisco cable car operator. In the 1940's during World War II Angelou moved to the city by the bay (she would return to San Francisco a decade later) after winning a scholarship to study dance and acting at the California Labor School. During that time she briefly held a job as a SF cable car operator. Even at that she was a pioneer in her field by being the very first black female cable car conductor. And that would be only one of numerous "firsts" for Angelou during her influential life.

Angelou's 1969 coming-of-age memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which her friend James Baldwin was instrumental in getting published, made literary history for being the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman. It also broke records by later enjoying a two-year run on The New York Times' paperback nonfiction best-seller list. Angelou was also the first African-American woman to have her screenplay produced when, in 1972, the film screenplay for the film Georgia, Georgia was adapted from her book.

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Music History Monday: January 27

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 27, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 27, 1962 - "Peppermint Twist Pt. 1" by Joey Dee & The Starliters hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover, it is the biggest hit for the Passaic, New Jersey-based dance band fronted by singer Joseph DiNicola (aka "Joey Dee"). The band will become the house band at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City in 1961, having previously played only weddings and private parties in and around their home state of New Jersey. When celebrities and socialites begin frequenting the club and with the huge amount of publicity it brings, it will lead to The Starlighters being courted by several record labels, finally being signed to Roulette Records. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on November 20, 1961, it will climb to the top of the charts nine weeks later, bumping Chubby Checker's "The Twist" from the top spot after its unprecedented second rise to number one. "Peppermint Twist Pt. 1" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 


On this day in music history: January 27, 1969 - The Beatles will record the master take of "Get Back" at Apple Studios in London. Written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon - McCartney), the song is born out an informal jam when the band are still rehearsing at Twickenham Studios on January 7, 1969. The song's chorus will be inspired in part by the song "Sour Milk Sea," penned by George Harrison for singer Jackie Lomax, in which part of its lyric is "get back to the place you should be." McCartney, having played bass on the Lomax recording several months earlier, will hear this line and change it to "get back to where you once belonged," incorporating it into his song. When the sessions move to Apple (the band's offices and recording studio in the Mayfair district), they are joined by keyboardist Billy Preston (at the invitation of George Harrison). It is there that the band will make their first attempt to record the song properly on January 23, 1969. The released master will be recorded in 14 takes also adding the false ending and reprise that distinguish it from the version that appears on the Let It Be album, recorded on the roof of Apple on January 30, 1969.
 

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January 26, 2014: The Broken Circle Breakdown

Posted by phil blankenship, January 26, 2014 05:49pm | Post a Comment
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Linda McCartney's Somewhat Obscure Psychedelic Alien Invasion Hallucination

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 25, 2014 06:22pm | Post a Comment
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In 1978 Linda McCartney, then a member of husband Paul's Wings, teamed up with British animator and director Ian Emes (known for his work with Pink Floyd) to create the hauntingly hypnotic cartoon short The Oriental Nightfish (so named after the Linda-penned composition it accompanies). The song features Linda's lead vocals as well as her electric piano and moog synth stylings with Wings filling in the gaps, providing a little extra sonic lift.


 
 

Trippy as all hell, in the best way, Ian Emes revealed to the Birmingham Post in 2010 just how this totally far out project achieved full realization:
 
I got pissed off whisky and put the music on as loud as it would go, and lay on my back in the living room and let it wash over me. The whisky did indeed help, and I came up with this weird idea where alien forces enter this building where someone who looks like Linda McCartney plays a Gothic Expressionistic Wurlitzer. This blonde female is penetrated, got naked and inhabited by the alien force, then she's replicated, before becoming a comet that explodes. The film was a bit weird and scary and a little bit sexual. Yet it was later put on Paul McCartney's Rupert The Bear video for children. The kids who watched it years ago are now in their 20s, and they've set up an internet site called The Oriental Nightfish Haunted My Childhood. I guess it freaked them out and opened their imagination.
 
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Though the aforementioned site seems doomed to internet obscurity (if it even exists), the track "The Oriental Nightfish" is available on the studio/compilation album Wide Prairie released in 1998 following Linda McCartney's death earlier that year. The video for "The Oriental Nightfish" was made available on the VHS release of Rupert and the Frog Song -- a 1984 animated film based on the comic strip character Rupert Bear, written and produced by Paul McCartney -- a questionable placement given the not-so-vague sexual content of this short. There are some "import" vinyl collections out there that feature the song, one such release being the aptly titled Oriental Nightfish.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.24.14: Amoeba Hollywood, Evidence & The Alchemist, NAMM, The Doppelgangaz, Invisibl Skratch Piklz +

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2014 08:30pm | Post a Comment
      



Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week End Jan 24 2014

 1) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

2) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)

3)
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)

4) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)

5) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

Album of the week: The Step Brothers Lord Steppington (Rhymesayers Entertainment) 


       
Go Hands On with Lord Steppington


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Weekly Roundup: Crystal Antlers, OFF!, Dum Dum Girls, Wax Children

Posted by Billy Gil, January 24, 2014 09:19am | Post a Comment

Crystal Antlers – “We All Gotta Die” (Scientist remix)

crystal antlers amoebaDub legend Scientist has tripped-out the song “We All Gotta Die,” taken from Crystal Antlers’ latest release, the melodically ripping Nothing is Real (available on CD or LP). Hear them play songs from that release at Amoeba Hollywood next Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

 

OFF! – “Void You Out”

off! amoebaHardcore superground OFF! (including members of Circle Jerks, Burning Brides, Redd Kross and Rocket From the Crypt) have unveiled the first song from their upcoming Wasted Years album, due April 8 on Vice. “Void You Out” has all the qualities we’ve come to expect and appreciate from OFF!—serrated, hooky riffs, shouted vocals and a less-than-two-minute running time.

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Noise Pop 2014: 2/25 - 3/2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2014 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Now in its 22nd year, the Noise Pop Music Festival is San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts, and film festival.

This year, the festival certainly earns that title by welcoming a crazy good line-up with Dr. Dog, Real Estate, Mark Kozelek, Bob Mould, Lord Huron, Throwing Muses, No Age, and so many more! The shows happen all over town and kicks off on Tuesday, February 25th.

Check out the full schedule of events HERE, where you can get individual tickets, General Festival Badges, or even Super Fan Badges!

Enter to win a pair of badges at Amoeba.com before 2/17!

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New Vinyl/CD Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 1/23/14 - Moodymann, Anthony Parasole, Francis Harris and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, January 23, 2014 01:12am | Post a Comment

Moodymann - 2xLP

 

Moodymann

Moodymann 2xLP

KDJ

It's Moody week at Amoeba Dance. Suffice to say, the legend has delivered. Moodymann is a sprawling, psychic journey through KDJ's Detroit State of Mind with the protagonist revealing more about his setting and personality than ever. Like good writing, the length of Moody's tracks (or sentences) fluctuate wildly. The constant sing-speak narrative from KDJ and divergence of styles and tempos makes the record feel like a trip down the dial of a liminal. radio But yeah, the songs. Moody gets an assist from Andrés on future classic Lyk U Used 2, a track that has Kenny ably playing a  slightly woozy frontman over upbeat modern soul. The radio effect is amplified by likely and unlikely samples. Jeremy Greenspan appears first on Have You Ever Been Lonely. Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey and Carl Craig's epic remix of Delia and Gavin are used to bear out the album's distinct, schizoid voice. Moody's serpentine 2011 hit Freeki MF acts as a recurring riddim before appearing in unadulterated form. KDJ's female counterparts match his idiosyncracies (Watching U) and he even dabbles in Dennis Coffey-informed guitar psychedelia on Sloppy Cosmic. The album, as a whole, is a lovesick ode to an unfairly maligned city, seen through the dark glasses of experience.

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Francis Harris - You Can Always Leave

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Amoeba Presents The Belle Brigade at The Echo in February

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2014 05:29pm | Post a Comment

belle brigade amoebaFolksy duo The Belle Brigade are taking over The Echo’s Tuesday night residency in February, playing free shows every Tuesday night in the month.

The duo, composed of siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, released their self-titled debut in 2011 to rapturous acclaim, drawing comparisons to Fleetwood Mac and Simon & Garfunkel. LA Times’s Randall Roberts said the album had “a dozen California pop gems,” while Newsday critic Glenn Gamboa said they had a “doe-eyed innocence … that makes their sun-kissed ’70s SoCal sound even more appealing.” The band’s second album, Just Because, is due March 25 on ATO. You can preorder the CD or LP from Amoeba now.

The band plays Feb. 4 with A House for Lions and Night Cruise; Feb. 11 with Fell Runner, Juliette Commagere and Syd Arthur; Feb. 18 with Alex Lilly and Clara-Nova; and Feb. 25 with Harriet and WATERS. (Click on each date to RSVP to the shows.) Each show is free and starts at 8:30 p.m.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With John Wiese

Posted by Amoebite, January 22, 2014 02:37pm | Post a Comment

John Wiese is a prolific experimental electronic-noise composer. He has released over 100 7-inches on various international labels including his own imprint, Helicopter. John Wiese is known all over the world for his work in LHD and Sissy Spacek, including collaborations with Sunn O))), Wolf Eyes, Evan Parker, No Age and C.Spencer Yeh just to name a few. 

John Wiese recently visited Amoeba Hollywood to pick up some super interesting music and share it with our What's In My Bag? crew. He first grabs the trippy experimental/dubby Persuasive Barrier LP by Three Legged Race. Wiese then finds a copy of a book he hadn't heard of before, Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound In New Zealand. It's nice to know he discovered this book at Amoeba! He also supports his long time buddies in No Age by picking up their latest album, An Object. Watch the full episode below and check out the awesome 7" art piece he digs up!

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Vivian Girls Officially Break Up; Slowdive Getting Back Together?

Posted by Billy Gil, January 22, 2014 11:14am | Post a Comment

Vivian Girls AmoebaOne of our favorite modern bands, Vivian Girls, are officially breaking up. They'll play two last shows, one of them here in L.A. at Highland Park's new Church on York venue, on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. You can get tickets here. Or if you're in New York, you can see them at Death by Audio March 1; tickets for that show are here. Both shows are all-ages.

I made this Vivian Girls Family Tree a while back to note the myriad other projects that spring from the band. As far as the members of the band go, Cassie Ramone will continue with The Babies, along with Woods' Kevin Morby; Katy Goodman will have a new La Sera album out later this year; and Ali Koehler continues with her new band, Upset. You can read interviews I've done with Goodman and Upset.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #64: The Photo Issue

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2014 10:44am | Post a Comment


Above is a recent shot (one of many) that I shot of lower Manhattan from Jersey City. It is just one of a series of photos included in this week's New York State of Mind Amoeblog - call it the "photo issue" with one video. That music video, scroll down to very end to see/hear, is a brand new New York City hip-hop video for the artist Lucky Tatt’s song “Celebrate.” I include it because it is good and that it  that brings back some of that old school NYC flavor hip-hop and even features two NYC hip-hop legends: M.O.P. and DJ Premier appear in track produced by Fizzy Womack. On the topic of hip-hop in NYC two popular rap artists are in town this week: Nipsy Hustle plays the Highline Ballroom on Jan 24 (Friday), and Waka Flocka Flame plays BB King's on 42nd Street on Monday Jan 27th.

The photos below are a hodge podge of pics I snapped over past month or two downtown and uptown Manhattan, and some over in Queens - some during the snow (which is hitting NYC hard this week) and some before the snow arrived in this crazy weather we are experiencing across the US - that includes drought in California. For more details on the actual photos and their respective locations just scroll the mouse icon over them and some text will pop up.

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With shanty pads squatting on mud hills -- Exploring Rose Hill

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 21, 2014 06:11pm | Post a Comment
INTRODUCTION

Rose Hill neighborhood


Back in 2012 I had an opportunity to house-and-pet-sit for friends in El Sereno. Pulled along by the homeowners' dog, Dooley, I explored much of that neighborhood – the easternmost in the city – on a series of long, daily strolls. In the fall of 2013 I returned once more to the Eastside and again we resumed our explorations, only this time we branched out, exploring the communities of Arroyo View Estates, East Los Angeles, City Terrace, Garvanza, Happy Valley, Highland Park, Hillside Village, Lincoln Heights, Monterey Hills, University Hills, and on one drizzly, late autumn morning, Rose Hill.

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Album Picks: Warpaint, Mogwai, Damien Jurado, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Pow!, Jeremy Jay

Posted by Billy Gil, January 21, 2014 10:49am | Post a Comment

Warpaint - Warpaint (CD, LP or Download)

warpaint warpaint amoebaWarpaint’s The Fool was a great slow burner of a record, one that grew on you with each successive listen such that it continues to sound great years on. Now, four years later, the ladies of Warpaint return with their long-awaited second record. As is their way, Warpaint unfolds at an unhurried pace, relishing in subtleties with songs whose meanings or melodies you might be able to place right away, but whose impressions lasts much longer than instant gratification-style pop songs. They’re sort of the spiritual successor to the band Slowdive, the shoegaze greats who encountered as much acclaim as derision during their time, due to their milky, washy music, but who have since been ensconced as one of the most beloved bands of the ’90s The effect of Warpaint’s music is similar, washing over you in spurts and leaving streaks. With a band like this, it’s generally tough to name singles or easy entry points, but Warpaint has some moments that stick out, namely “Biggy,” a great, trip hoppy pop song along the lines of Radiohead’s Kid A/Amnesiac period, while “Disco // Very” sees Emily Kokal’s vocals getting distorted and nasty over, yes, a disco beat, recalling some of the disco-rock of the ’00’s, only with a dirtier, dubbier tone. In these songs, Warpaint sees the band stretching their wings a bit, while fans of the first album will find much to love in the album’s dark, atmospheric corners. It’s altogether a fantastic, well-considered second album that proves the rewards of patience.

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My 11 Favorite Films of 2013 (in no particular order): 2. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Posted by Charles Reece, January 21, 2014 08:21am | Post a Comment
pervert's guide to ideology poster
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology - Sophie Fiennes (director), Slavoj Zizek (writer)

... and speaking of Zizek, here's more of we got in his and Fiennes' previous collaboration, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema. But what could be more entertaining for people who prefer thinking about film (or people) to the object itself than a film about a guy with the same preference? A major feature of criticism is drawing or creating connections between things -- that is, analogical mapping, by which we acquire some insight into the target domain by comparing it to a more familiar source domain. For example, the focused horror at the shark in Jaws shows the way the genocidal grouping of the Jews functioned for the Nazis: all other problems fall aside when there's the immediate danger of Ja(e)ws. My favorite bit from The Pervert's Guide to Ideology is how he reveals the operation of the titular subject itself in the lyrics of "Offcier Krupke" from West Side Story. The gang is perfectly aware of all the liberal social excuses for their delinquency, but continue to act as if determined by impoverished social constraints. Ideology operates as long as we act as if its in control, regardless of our true belief. Relating the song to the explanations given for the recent London riots, he says we are always responsible for how we subjectivize our objective conditions (which is hardly a typical comment heard from leftists). Criticism is just as much an art as what it critiques. It's also just as creative -- often more so in Zizek's case. He's a master cartographer, who's remapped the psychogeography of our pop cultural terrain. 

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Flashback To 1994 SF Concert, A Reminder Of Those We've Lost

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2014 08:18am | Post a Comment

The other day I stumbled across the above flyer from now (gasp!) 20 years ago. It was for a rap/hip-hop concert with mostly Oakland/Bay Area acts at the long gone Townsend Club in San Francisco that took place on a Friday night, August 12th, 1994. It was for The Conscious Daughters (TCD), who that year released "We Roll Deep" on Bay Area hip-hopper Paris' label Scarface Records distributed by Priority Records, along with fellow Oakland rap talents Seagram, EA Ski & CMT, and Rally Ral, plus visiting Texas rap star Big Mike of the Geto Boys affiliation (misspelled "Ghetto Boys") on this basic design flyer. Beyond the initial reaction, as a longtime hip-hop fan/follower, to fondly reminisce on a golden time period in Bay Area rap the other thing that jumps out at me from this flyer is the sad realization that we have lost two of the famed Bay Area rap artists on this flyer way too early in their lives: promising East Oakland rapper signed to the Geto Boys' Rap-A-Lot Records label Seagram died at age 26 (he was shot) just as his career was starting to take off, while fierce female emcee Special One who was one half of The Conscious Daughters tragically died a little over two years ago (only in her 40's) as a result of complications associated with blood clots that had reached her lungs. In honor of both of these two fallen East Bay talents below are music videos from each: TCD's "We Roll Deep" and Seagram's Oakland themed 1993 gangsta rap single "The Ville" from the late rapper's album The Dark Roads (inset).

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BARF: Bay Area Record Label Fair! February 15th at Thee Parkside

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 20, 2014 07:52pm | Post a Comment

Ready for some FREE, local, all-ages fun? Come on out to Thee Parkside on February 15th from noon - 5pm for the 1st annual Bay Area Record Label Fair, presented by Professional Fans and Father/Daughter Records! Buy directly from your favorite Bay Area record labels and shops, and rock out to live performances from Cocktails and Dog Party!

If all of this couldn't get sweeter, $5 will enter you into the BARF Raffle, where you'll be eligible to win a bundle of music from participating labels, gift certificates from local record shops, and a ton more swag!
 

BARF Record Label Fair

Show Recap: Connan Mockasin at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, January 20, 2014 12:02pm | Post a Comment

connan mockasin amoebaKiwi singer-songwriter Connan Mockasin started his Jan. 17 set at Amoeba Hollywood with a set of loose instrumental jams punctuated by strange synth bursts. He cooed along to a smooth space groove before picking things up in an upbeat showcase for Mockasin's gloriously woozy guitar work, which got steadily more frantic until bombing out into a druggy outro.

connan mockasin caramel amoebaHe played the first part of the five-part "It's Your Body" suite, taken from the excellent Caramel album, which is a sumptuous soul jam apart from its four other, disparate parts. Mockasin paused to speak positively about L.A., saying he had been feeling sick and intimidated by city previously. "You hear all the stories ... and it's not true," Mockasin said of his first visit down. He asked for audience participation to hit the high notes on the next song. That ended up in a weird, warbling audience singalong mid-song.

He next played the Princey "Caramel," which burrows its way into your head via a catchy, repeated synth part. Mockasin sang soulfully, hitting those high notes perfectly and subtly warping his voice to match some of the effects on the record. The band exploded for Caramel standout "I'm the Man, That Will Find You," making great use of curling guitar riffs and its slightly-creepy-when-you-think-about-it titular chorus. The song sounds a bit like a warped 12" played at half-speed of a punk cover of a Motown hit that never existed. So try picturing that!

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Music History Monday: January 20

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 20, 2014 10:40am | Post a Comment

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

On this day in music history: January 20, 1964Meet The Beatles!, the second US album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February 11 - October 23, 1963. Just after release of "I Want To Hold Your Hand," Capitol Records will quickly leap into action, rushing out the band's second US full-length LP, just ten days after Vee Jay Records releases Introducing... The Beatles. The twelve-track album consists nine songs from the band's second UK LP With The Beatles with "You Really Got a Hold On Me," "Devil in Her Heart," "Money (That's What I Want)," "Please Mister Postman," and "Roll Over Beethoven" removed and replaced with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (#1 Pop), "I Saw Her Standing There" (#14 Pop), and "This Boy." The versions of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "This Boy" featured on the stereo pressing of the album will be presented in re-channeled "Duophonic" stereo, since no true stereo mixes had been made for either song. Both had been released as a stand alone single in the UK in mono only. The stereo mix of "I Saw Her Standing There" featured on the album differs from the one included on the Vee Jay Introducing...and the UK Please Please Me album. Capitol will also use the same cover photo (taken by photographer Robert Freeman), used for the With The Beatles album cover. Original mono and stereo copies of the album will be distinguished by the graphics on the front cover. Mono pressings (T-2047) will feature the band's name printed in tan or brown ink, with the stereo copies (ST-2047) featuring the "Capitol Full Dimensional Stereo" banner on the top, with the band's name also printed in tan or brown ink, with later copies using olive green ink. In spite of being a consistent seller over the years, Meet The Beatles will be deleted by Capitol (along with their other US compiled LP's) in 1987, when the band's original UK albums are issued in their place. The album will make its CD debut in November of 2004, when it is released as part of the box set The Capitol Albums, Volume 1. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the US, it will be reissued again as of the thirteen disc CD box set The U.S. Albums on January 21, 2014Meet The Beatles will spend 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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My 11 Favorite Films of 2013 (in no particular order): 1. The Unknown Known

Posted by Charles Reece, January 20, 2014 07:24am | Post a Comment
the unknown known poster
The Unknown Known - Errol Morris (director)

The title of Errol Morris' latest comes from the one conjoining of terms our former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfield, didn't make in his infamous Heideggerian sounding memo: "There are known knowns, the things we know we know. There are known unknowns, the things we know we don’t know. There are also that third category of unknown unknowns, the things we don’t know we don’t know. And you can only know more about those things by imagining what they might be." If you do a web search on "heidegger, rumsfield, unknown known," it'll bring up -- hardly surprisingly -- essays by Slavoj Zizek, one of which is here. As he suggests, the unknown known is what philosophers investigate, those underlying features of our reality which make our navigation of said reality possible, but aren't so readily apparent while we're moving through our lived world.

I performed that search because The Unknown Known reminded me of what Heidegger called tool-being. Normally, when we're using a hammer, we're not really thinking about the hammer as an object with all it's potential objective qualities, but instead as a function of what it's doing for us -- say, hammering a nail or skull. That's what Heidegger called "ready-to-hand." It's only when the tool breaks and no longer functions in its ready-to-hand capacity that we begin to contemplate it as a "present-at-hand," as an object separated from it's predominant instrumental human use. That's where philosophical reflection comes in, and we begin to understand just how ontologically opaque something as seemingly simple as the hammer is. So much of the object recedes from our grasp when we're merely using it for something. That, in a nutshell, is what Morris is doing with the silver-tongued Rumsfield, who conceals more than he reveals. The man had no need of thinking about his bureaucracy's unknown known until Al Qaeda broke it ... or revealed it be broken. Not being a philosopher, he chose to dismiss 9-11 event as an unknown unknown (contrary to the evidence). That act of repression led to the Iraq War, after which we all had to contemplate the unknown knowns, the present-at-hand, of the Bush administration.

Talent Reigned at Amoebapalooza SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 19, 2014 05:48pm | Post a Comment

The monstrously talented staff of Amoeba San Francisco rocked Brick & Mortar Music Hall on Sunday, January 12th for Amoebapalooza, Amoeba's annual tradition of musical mayhem. Six bands formed by employees played the night away for fellow staff, family, and friends, amazing all with their inventiveness and musical flair. Check out these bands:

Haight Street Shakers

Haight Street Shakers

Boeuf Couture

Boeuf Couture

JFKFCDC

jfkfcdc

Cairo Pythian

cairo pythians

Windham Flat

windham flat

Starjob

starjob

January 19, 2014: The Saratov Approach

Posted by phil blankenship, January 19, 2014 05:25pm | Post a Comment
The Saratov Approach

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events in Oakland

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2014 12:24pm | Post a Comment

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day may not be until tomorrow (January 20th), but MLK celebrations and events in the East Bay honoring the civil rights leader begin today with events at both Oakland's Scottish Rite Center and the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) where, as part of the downtown Oakland museum's ongoing HistoryMakers / ScienceMakers Series, there is an exhibit honoring MLK and other black innovators.  Today's program features hands-on science activities and a presentation by physicist Dr. Hattie Carwell. And throughout the rest of the month, OMCA goers can celebrate MLK with family workshops during the popular Friday Nights @ OMCA when kids can make their own matchbox-sized dream world (in keeping with the MLK "dream" theme). Also on exhibit at OMCA are such MLK themed pieces as Ivan Garrik's 1968 offset lithograph "I Have A Dream" pictured above.

Then a little later today in Oakland - within walking distance from the OMCA - is In The Name Of Love, the annual Oakland musical tribute now in its twelfth year.  The talent-packed program begins at 7pm sharp and will feature Martin Luther McCoy, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and Oakland Children's Community Choir with Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Admission $23, $25 at the door, $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.17.14: E-Lit, Top 5, Childish Gambino Deep Web Tour, DJ Qbert Album Launch, Friscasso feat The Jacka

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2014 12:35pm | Post a Comment
         

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 01:17:14


1) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)


2) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

3)
E-40's Welcome To The Soil: Block Brochure Vol. 4, Vol. 5, and Vol. 6   (Heavy On The Grind)

4) Sean Price & M-Phazes / Guilty Simpson & Small Professor shared/double lp (Coalmine Records)

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Weekly Roundup: together PANGEA, New Bums, Pyramid Vritra, Allah-Las, Warm Soda, Cass McCombs, Bart Davenport & More

Posted by Billy Gil, January 17, 2014 10:24am | Post a Comment

Whoa too much music released this week. Here we go …

 

together PANGEA “Badillac”

together pangeaThe new album by L.A. garage greats together PANGEA is called Badillac, which is amazing. And so is the song, a more laid-back song for the band showing off their melodic side. Get excited for Badillac, which is due next week, Jan. 21, on Harvest (they’ll be at The Smell that day, too). Hear it at Soundcloud.

 

 

 

 

 

New Bums – “Black Bough”

new bumsBen Chasny is a busy guy, having released scores of music as psych-folk act Six Organs of Admittance, with acid-rockers Comets on Fire and others. Now he’s teamed up with Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards as New Bums. The first taste, “Black Bough,” is a beautiful little ditty with some orchestral brushes and amazing acoustic guitarwork. Voices in a Rented Room is due Feb. 18 on Drag City.

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DJ Qbert at California Academy of Sciences for New 2014 Album Extraterrestria Pre-Release

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

      

For four hours every Thursday evening (6-10pm), San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences throws its NightLife party series where they invite the public into their beautiful headquarters at Golden Gate Park to immerse themselves in "cerebral science." Think: a party where you learn new things. It's usually a lot of fun but this week (tonight) will be hella fun and if you've never gone to the NightLife party, this week is one to hit up since hometown turntablist hero DJ Qbert is performing (along with sets by Dan The Automator and DJ Shortkut) in celebration of his long-overdue follow up to 1998's Wave Twisters, the brand new album Extraterrestria. With this new album (that will be released in two parts - an all skratch version and emcee collaboration version) Qbert hopes to deliver the sound of skratch music in the future, or, as he describes it, "the time capsule response and interstellar transmission to any galactic civilization, alien or far-future human." Hence the choice of location for tonight's party, which is part pre-release celebration and part Kickstarter launch (29 days to go).The album, that will be available in Amoeba upon its release, will feature Kool KeithDel, Mr Lif, Dana Leong, Chad Hugo (The Neptunes  / N*E*R*D), and others.  

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January 15, 2014: Lone Survivor

Posted by phil blankenship, January 15, 2014 10:30pm | Post a Comment
Lone Survivor movie ticket stub

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music Present Habib Koite

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2014 07:25pm | Post a Comment

CIIS Public Programs & Performances and Amoeba Music present one of Africa's most popular and habib koiterecognized musicians, Habib Koite, on Saturday, February 1st at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

Koite has gained a strong fan base by integrating the rock and folk sounds of the Western world without watering down his cherished Malian roots. Called "Mali's biggest pop star" by Rolling Stone (in an article in which Bonnie Raitt compared Habib to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn), Koite has also received raves from People, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times.

Habib Koite was born in 1958 in Thies, a Senegalese town situated on the railway line connecting Dakar to Niger, where his father worked on constructing the tracks. He descends from a line of griots, traditional African troubadours. Koite grew up surrounded by seventeen brothers and sisters, and developed his unique guitar style accompanying his griot mother. He inherited his passion for music from his paternal grandfather, who played the kamele n'goni, a traditional four-stringed instrument associated with hunters from the Wassolou region of Mali.

Koite takes some unique approaches to playing the guitar. He tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as on a kamale n'goni. At other times Koite plays music that sounds closer to the blues or flamenco. His singing style is restrained and intimate with varying cadenced rhythms and melodies. Koite is unique because he brings together different styles, creating a new pan-Malian approach that reflects his open-minded interest in all types of music.

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Downtown Flea Market Goes Weekly, Starting Jan. 26

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2014 06:45pm | Post a Comment

downtown la flea marketThe Downtown Flea Market is back this year, happening weekly starting Jan. 26.

Now taking place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it boasts antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, and crafts and clothes by independent designers. New additions this time around include Latin-Jewish fusion truck El Nosh and burgers 'n' hot dogs truck Son of a Bun.

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of The Downtown Flea Market. Mention Amoeba at the doors and receive $1 off admission!

The market takes place in two parking lots in Downtown Los Angeles, at 3rd St. and S. Spring St. Admission is $3, or $2 online. Kids under 12 get in for free. Pick up tickets at the entrance to the Yellow Lot (246 S. Spring St.), on the east side of Spring at the corner of 3rd.

Parking can be found for $5 in nearby lots. Downtown Flea Market recommends parking in the six-story lot on the east side of Spring, between 2nd and 3rd. Better yet, take the Metro there!

Check out an interview with founder Phillip Dane below.



Connan Mockasin Brings 'Caramel' to Amoeba Hollywood This Friday

Posted by Billy Gil, January 15, 2014 03:50pm | Post a Comment

connan mockasin amoebaConnan Mockasin’s Caramel was one of the more intriguing records of 2013. As syrupy and sumptuous as its name would suggest, the native New Zealander’s second album is a trip, yawning awake with spacey love songs, delving into psychedelic soul singles (the irresistible “I’m the Man, Who Will Find You”) and moving into a five-part, mind-bending suite called “It’s Your Body.” Even among underground releases, it’s a strange bird, and an album that stays with you. I sat down with Mockasin to ask about the record as he prepared to play in San Francisco. He’ll be at Amoeba Hollywood this Friday Jan. 17, performing at 6 p.m.

 

There’s a really interesting quality to the album that the whole thing feels kind of warped and disorienting, but you get used to it as the album goes on. Was that part of the idea, to create a sort of all-encompassing sound world?

Mockasin: I didn’t really think about it too much. I just wanted to make what a record that was called Caramel would sound like. That’s just what I had in my head.

connan mockasin caramel amoebaWhat made you choose the word “caramel” as inspiration?

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A Fantastic New Pressing of a Miles Davis Masterstroke

Posted by Rick Frystak, January 15, 2014 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Miles Dewey Davis may have been many things, but he was certainly a forward-thinking artist with an eye out for what was happening at any given time in the musical landscape, and an urge to not repeat himself in his journey toward a newer, “hipper “style, like it or not. Some, myself included, would argue this point vigorously towards various stages of his career output, especially later. This week, the formidable Impex Record company releases one of Miles’ most contemporary and timeless albums of music and cultural relevance: 1965’s “ESP”.  

 

Miles Davis Quintet

E.S.P.

Impex Records IMP 6018

180 gram LP (2014) 

 

So… Miles Davis in 1965? ‘Trane releases “A Love Supreme”, “Rubber Soul” comes out, Horowitz plays Carnagie Hall, Otis Redding , The Byrds and Bob Dylan release classic, timeless music, and new Miles Davis Quintet members Wayne  Shorter and Herbie Hancock had just presented “Speak No Evil” and “Maiden Voyage” to the universe. Miles' previous band had already left, but he had the next great quintet already assembled, Wayne being the final glorious recruit. "E.S.P." would be their first studio recording together, and what a record it turns out to be, produced by Columbia Records' A&R man Irving Townsend, he of “Kind Of Blue”, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, etc. fame. The cover features a bewildered Miles and an adorable Frances Davis, with Miles sporting quite the flummoxed facial expression. "Man, does she have 'E.S.P.'?" 

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Garbanzo Ramble -- Exploring the Garvanza Neighborhood

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 15, 2014 12:57pm | Post a Comment
INTRO TO GARVANZA

Dooley and Garvanza sign
Dooley striking a pose on the sidewalk in front of a Garvanza sign

In the fall of 2012 I had the opportunity to house-sit in El Sereno. During my stint in Los Angeles's easternmost neighborhood, I spent much of that time exploring that neighborhood with a good-natured dog named Dooley. This past fall I again returned to the Eastside to house-sit once again and Dooley and I resumed our epic explorations. This time around we explored more than just El Sereno, extending our rambles into the nearby neighborhoods of Arroyo View Estates, City Terrace, East Los Angeles, Happy Valley, Hermon, Highland Park, Hillside Village, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Rose Hill, University Hills, and on one warm autumn afternoon, Garvanza.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #63: Beaux Arts, Subway Scratching, Slick Rick The Ruler, Homeboy Sandman, Paul Mooney + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2014 07:27am | Post a Comment

Above is what was once the beautiful piece of New York City architecture that was Pennsylvania Station (circa 1918) that was considered a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style. However this stunning building - once one of Manhattan's architectural along with Grand Central Terminal - was tragically demolished in the 1960s to make way for Madison Square Garden's current structure (the actual railway station is still underground). Tragic as this shortsighted move was, the silver lining to this dark cloud was that the absolutely ridiculous decision to destroy this magnificent building led to the landmarking and protecting of other buildings in New York City so that they would not suffer the same fate. Jackie Kennedy Onassis - a longtime advocate for historic preservation of buildings including a part of the White House - was among those outraged by such demolitions and she was instrumental, some years later, in making sure that the same fate did not happen to Grand Central Terminal - also a Beaux-Arts building - which could have been razed too in the 70's had she and others not stepped in to fight for its preservation.

Slick Rick, whose 1988 album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick was recently reissued on vinyl and is available at each Amoeba store, will be headlining at the Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, January 17th. The album whose fans include Nas (he called it the record, that featured tracks such as “'Children's Story," his favorite album of all time) is a true timeless hip-hop classic that, like Nas' Illmatic, earned the elusive five mics score from The Source magazine upon its release. What looked, at the time, like a very bright future for the artist turned out to be anything but.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With British Singer/Songwriter King Krule

Posted by Amoebite, January 14, 2014 06:41pm | Post a Comment
King Krule

Known to his mum as Archy Marshall, the South East London native is known globally to his fans as the baritone crooner King Krule. What started with humble beginnings beatmaking in his bedroom, alone on a malfunctioning laptop, is now a full-fledged music career at the tender age of 19. And the kid is really good. Pop mega star Beyonce and underground Hip Hop phenom Earl Sweatshirt have both voiced their praises for King Krule. A recent tour stop in Southern California saw back to back sold out dates at The Echo. Despite not having a radio hit, King Krule has already garnered major buzz. 

king KruleAlthough he first cultivated a cult following via free digital downloads, Archy Marshall prefers the hiss and dust of vinyl over the digital format. Most teenagers have little to no knowledge about music pre-MP3 or digital download. Few know what it's like to go digging for vinyl at a local record store, but King Krule is the exception. Raised on Jazz, R&B, Rock and Hip Hop, Archy Marshall has all the makings of an old school musician. His debut album, 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, was released on his 19th birthday. 

On a recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood, King Krule hung out with our cameras for another awesome episode of "What's In My Bag?" This is definitely a must-see video, with King Krule showing off a very deep and wide musical palette. Given his selections it is no wonder why his music is winning fans all over the world. He kicks off things with a very cool picture disc of The Damned's Live In Newcastle. A huge fan of soul music, Marshall picks up Donny Hathaway's Extension of A Man and The Singers Unlimited's Just In Time. All of his selections are on wax including Talking Heads' Remain In Light and the Pixies' Doolittle. Kudos to King Krule for keeping the vinyl alive!

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: 20 Years Ago Nas Released His Landmark Debut: Illmatic

Posted by Billyjam, January 14, 2014 12:51pm | Post a Comment

EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for Nas' Illmatic album (1994)

As we head into the second week of 2014 it just dawned on me that 1994 is now a full twenty years ago which means that it is now officially the 20 year anniversary of when Nas unleashed his landmark debut full-length LP Illmatic - the groundbreaking album that would change the face of hip-hop (especially East Coast) for some time to come.

What is especially impressive is that Nas was only 20 years of age when this record, packed with references to the Queensbridge projects in which he grew up, was released and was only 19 when he recorded the album - even younger if you include "Halftime" which was recorded and released two years earlier for the Zebrahead soundtrack in 1992 when he was still known as Nasty Nas. (Note that the "Halftime" 12" was reissued by Columbia Records for last year's Record Store Day and that Illmatic was reissued, with a bonus CD, for its 10 year anniversary).

While Illmatic may not have been the biggest selling rap album of the 90's it was perhaps the most universally critically acclaimed record with the Source magazine (back when it was still revered as 'the bible of hip-hop') bestowing its prestigious, highest rating of five mics. But beyond critical or commercial acclaim Illmatic as a recorded work stands truly stands the test of time - hence why so many artists have since paid homage to it (EG: Elzhi's 2011 release Elmatic) and why the album is held up as the blueprint for a truly classic hip-hop release (But is this the new Illmatic? is a common question posed when an artist drops a quality release). Not only is Illmatic the Queensbridge, NY emcee's own finest work but it also considered by most tastemakers as one of the quintessential 1990's hip hop releases. When it was released in April 1994 it was unlike anything else up to that point in time. Furthermore it was instrumental in shaping the New York hip-hop sound from that point forward.

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Album Picks: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Cherry Glazerr

Posted by Billy Gil, January 14, 2014 09:40am | Post a Comment

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Give The People What They Want (CD, LP or Download)

sharon jones & the dap-kings give the people what they want amoebaCancer hasn’t gotten Sharon Jones down. The lead singer of the slammin’ Dap-Kings has never sounded livelier or feistier than on Give the People What They Want—she’s still the hardest-working woman in show biz’, a spiritual successor to James Brown and Tina Turner. “Stranger to My Happiness” is a classic Dap-Kings groover along the lines of “Tell Me,” an ecstatic ode to moving on from whatever’s holding you back. Some of the band’s best songs have often focused on forward momentum and feminist sentiment, and that’s reflected in songs like the sassy, Led Zeppelin-esque kiss-off “You’ll Be Lonely.” But there’s almost unbridled optimism here, too, on the touching soul ballad “We Get Along,” an ode to enduring love and contender for the soundtrack to renewing your vows, if ever there was a song for that. “Making Up and Breaking Up” is classic Motown on the nose, and it’s great—you won’t be able to get it out of your head. Give the People What They Want truly lives up to its name. It’s just one jammer after another, and proof that adversity makes us stronger. Come get your copy of the album signed by Sharon Jones at Amoeba Hollywood Wednesday, January 15 at 6 p.m.!

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2013 Oscar Nomination Predictions by Brad & Jackie...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 13, 2014 04:06pm | Post a Comment

american hustleOur favorite time of year is here once again. The Oscar nominations come out on this Thursday January 16th. The Golden Globes ceremony took place on this last Sunday. The Oscars will take place on Sunday March 2nd. So if you have not seen some of the movies we will be listing here you still have some time to see them before the Oscars. I really think that 12 Years A Slave is the best made movie of the year. It is a beautiful film to look at. It might be a difficult movie for some to watch. But I found American Hustle much more difficult to sit through. I am still not fully sure why the Academy loves David O. Russell so much. I will admit that I was worried going in because of how much I disliked Silver Linings Playbook last year. But American Hustle is a much better film, I will admit. I just wanted it to be better than it was. I really think it should be between Nebraska and 12 Years A Slave for the big award this year. I enjoyed watching Gravity, but I just don't think it holds up against the other movies out this year. But you really need to see all these movies to make up your own mind. Her, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, Nebraska, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers ClubBlue Jasmine are the movies you absolutely must watch if you like movies. And if you want to prepare yourself for the Oscars.
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I am not really expecting any big shocks this year in the nominations, but I always hope that there will be. I hope that this year David O. Russell will be left off the Director list like Ben Affleck was last year. Or that a movie like Lone Survivor or The Spectacular Now sneaks into the best picture race. Her was another one of my favorites of the year. I was so happy it won Best Screenplay at the Globes. I think it has a good chance at the Oscar for that category. And I hope it sneaks into the Director and Acting categories.

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Music History Monday: January 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 13, 2014 12:12pm | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 13, 1962 - "The Twist" by Chubby Checker hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Hank Ballard, it is the biggest hit for the Philadelphia-born singer (real name Ernest Evans). The song and massively popular dance will find popularity initially with teenagers when it is first released in 1960, hitting number one for one week in September of that year. A little over a year later, the dance will find renewed popularity with adults, putting the record back on the pop singles chart. Re-entering the Hot 100 at #55 on November 13, 1961, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. "The Twist" will be the only single in Billboard chart history to top the pop chart twice in two entirely separate chart runs.
 


On this day in music history: January 13, 1964The Times They Are A-Changin', the third album by bob dylan the times they are a-changinBob Dylan is released. Produced by Tom Wilson, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City from August 6 - October 31, 1963. Right on the heels of the successful and acclaimed The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the prolific songwriter and musician will return to the studio a few months later to record the follow up. The album is Dylan's first to feature all original material written by him. The songs are more serious and are starkly arranged featuring Dylan accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar and harmonica playing. The album will yield some of his best known and loved songs including "North Country Blues" and the anthemic title track. The Times They Are A-Changin' will peak at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Review of Amoebapalooza Berkeley at The Night Light, Oakland - January 12th, 2014

Posted by Billyjam, January 13, 2014 11:57am | Post a Comment

You know how big music festivals like the Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, or Rock The Bells always have different stages presenting different acts for concert goers to choose from? Well last night's Bay Area Amoeba Music annual music festival/staff party event, which takes its name from the aforementioned Lollapalooza, also had two different stages but at two different clubs on both sides of the Bay Bridge presenting Amoebapalooza 2014.

These events, one at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco and the other at The Night Light in Oakland, offered up a richly diverse night of entertainment for both East Bay and West Bay peeps. Since I missed out on the SF event, opting instead to head down to the Jack London Square area Oakland venue for the evening, I will be anxious to read about Amoebapalooza San Francisco 2014 here on the Amoeblog in the coming days. Meantime let me tell you about last night's Night Light East Bay Amoebapalooza: it was Fun with a capital F, and all for no cover at the door. Unlike the SF show it did not offer a non-stop parade of bands but rather a nicely balanced night with just two bands (both high caliber), a DJ (excellent), and a stand-up comedian (really good), complimentary pizza and tasty cupcakes baked by former Amoebite Ryan, plus prizes that nearly everyone in the house was lucky enough to win.

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Psych Folk legend Eiichi Ohtaki dies at 65

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 10, 2014 04:01pm | Post a Comment
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Japanese singer-songwriter and producer Eiichi Ohtaki passed away at a hospital on Monday, December 30, 2013 after having collapsed at his Tokyo home while eating an apple, a piece which had apparently stuck in his throat causing him to choke. He was 65.

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Ohtaki's influential contributions to Japanese pop and folk rock music worldwide could not be more legendary. Born on July 28, 1948, he was perhaps most famous for being the singer/guitarist and founding member of Happy End (pictured left above),  a band he formed with fellow Japanese rock heavy hitters Takashi Matsumoto (Apryl Fool), Shigeru Suzuki and Haruomi Hosono (Apryl Fool/Yellow Magic Orchestra). From 1969 to 1972 the ensemble produced three studio albums that pioneered a highly revered heavy acid folk sound that made them Japan's most beloved and critically acclaimed classic rock bands of all time. More recently the ensemble won notoriety stateside when their song "Kaze wo Atusmete" was featured in the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost In Translation.

Happy End - "Kaze wo Atsumete" from Kazemachi Roman (1971)

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.10.14: E-40, Childish Gambino, Iamsu!, Flavor Flav, Midnite Cru, Jazzy Jeff & Shortkut, Sensational doc +

Posted by Billyjam, January 10, 2014 12:05pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 Week Ending 01:10:14


1) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

2) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)

3)
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)

4) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)

5) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

Childish Gambino, aka the rap alter ego of actor/comedian Donald Glover, is once again the number one, top selling hip-hop artist at Amoeba Hollywood for the third week in a row. Not bad for a guy who at first was not really considered a serious hip-hop artist but mostly recognized for his acting/writing/stand up comedy careers. But so successful is Glover's Childish Gambino rap career that he made the (what must have been tough) decision to quit the cast of the popular NBC sitcom Community (last night's "Bum Crack Bandit" episode was most entertaining) mid way through its current, recently returned, fifth season so as to be able to focus 100% on his rap career and do shows to support Because the Internet (Glassnote).

Happy 70th Birthday Jimmy Page

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2014 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Jimmy Page BBC Interview with Kirsty Lang (2012)


James Patrick Page, the man best known as rock guitar legend and Led Zeppelin main main Jimmy Page, celebrates his 70th birthday today. And for the occasion this Amoeblog celebrates with a live concert clip and two interviews from two eras four decades apart with the man who during a BBC1 television interview in 1957 when the then only 13 year old young Page, who was on as part of a group performing "Mama Don't Want to Skiffle Anymore" and "In Them Ol' Cottonfields Back Home," told the BBC interviewer that when he grew up he wanted not be a full-time musician but "to do biological research" in finding a cure for cancer. That classic early Page clip is included in the most recent (December 2012) BBC TV interview segment with Kirsty Lang. The other (much shorter) interview is with Page along with Led Zeppelin bandmate Robert Plant from a press conference back in New York City in September 1970 during the band's heyday. Meanwhile in the live concert clip, which is of Jimmy playing "Stairway To Heaven" double neck guitar solo, he appears to have been partying a bit before the show but still manages to nail it.

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Weekly Roundup: Damaged Bug, POW!, Yell For Help, Cherry Glazerr

Posted by Billy Gil, January 9, 2014 10:36am | Post a Comment

Damaged Bug – “Eggs at Night”

damaged bug amoebaWelcome back, Weekly Roundup! How I’ve missed you. Did you miss me? I hope you had a great holiday and New Year. I have some sad news, which is that the most rollicking, prolific garage band in SF, Thee Oh Sees, are no more (at least for now), frontman John Dwyer recently announced. The good news is that Dwyer, never one to sit idly for more than a few moments, has a new solo album due under the moniker Damaged Bug. And it doesn’t really sound anything like Thee Oh Sees, but it does sound very good. According to promotional material, Hubba Bubba, due Feb. 25 on Castle Face, was made with “synthesizers, drum machines, and assorted hand-made electronics.” That’s certainly what it sounds like on this first taste, “Eggs at Night.”

 

POW! – “Hope Dealers”

pow! amoeblogSpeaking of Castle Face, on Jan. 14 they’ll release High Tech Boom by the SF band POW! The spaced out menace of “Hope Dealers,” which hurls forth on nervous post-punk riffs and overflowing sci-fi synths, seems to spoof the bougie, techy side of SF with its retro-futuristic slant. It feels exhilarating to hear some angry youths from up there. Check it out on BrooklynVegan.

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New 12"/LP Releases at Amoeba Hollywood 1/8/14 - Charles Cohen, MGUN, Heatsick and more!

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, January 9, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

Charles Cohen - The Middle Distance

 

Charles Cohen

The Middle Distance LP

Morphine Records

Philly outsider synth veteran Charles Cohen gets a retrospective look thanks to Rabih Beani, who developed a fascination with CC's mostly improvised world after being tipped off by young Philly duo Metasplice . While Cohen's direct influence on bleeding edge music may be diminished due to obscurity (until now), the sounds he coaxes out of his preferred synth, the Buchla Easel, are as texturally adventurous as 2013 releases by Holden and Tim Hecker. The music is immediately rhythmic while eschewing dedicated drum machines. Camera Dance uses melodic triumphalism over a bed of unruly modular percussion, while Sonomama plumbs the depths like a cannon before settling into a Kraftwerk via Gamelan groove.

Buy The Middle Distance LP

MGUN - Some Tracks

 

MGUN

Some Tracks 12"

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Red Bull Sound Select Presents Mac Demarco, Puro Instinct and Avid Dancer Jan. 29

Posted by Billy Gil, January 8, 2014 06:25pm | Post a Comment

mac demarco red bull sound select amoebaRed Bull Sound Select will feature Canadian indie-pop star Mac DeMarco, along with art-poppers Puro Instinct and Avid Dancer, hosted by Hands, Jan. 29 at L.A.'s The Echo.

The monthly showcase, which takes place in cities around the world, is curated by local luminaries. This month's show is presented in partnership with IAMSOUND.

The show is $3 with an RSVP here (Facebook doesn't count) and $12 without, at the door. There's no presale. The show is 21+ and doors are at 8 p.m.

Amoeba is curating the next L.A. Sound Select show in February. Check back at the Amoeblog to see details on that event soon!

The showcase aims to present emerging artists to the community in career-launching spots. All proceeds from the night go toward supporting the local artists who open the shows. Past artists in the series have included Diiv, Wavves, Yacht and local favorites like HOTT MT, Wildcat! Wildcat! and Incan Abraham.

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Fly The Good Day Blimp

Posted by Amoebite, January 8, 2014 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Good Day Blimp

A clever crowdfunded project to get the Good Year Blimp to Fly "ICE CUBE'S A PIMP."
You know.... for charity...  https://gooddayblimp.crowdhoster.com/good-day-blimp

Amoeba Hollywood Holds Sidewalk Sale Jan. 18 From Noon to 5 p.m.

Posted by Billy Gil, January 8, 2014 09:48am | Post a Comment

amoeba sidewalk saleAmoeba Hollywood is holding another Sidewalk Sale just outside the store, with lots of DVD and Blu-ray deals this time.

On Jan. 18 from 12 to 5 p.m., bargains will include:

  • DVDs for $3 (or buy three, get one free, excluding DVD box sets)
  • DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
  • Blu-ray Discs at three for $12
  • Clearance CDs at buy one, get one free
  • 45” grab bags at 10 for $3
  • Deals on classical CDs and LPs

Additionally, look for deals on discounted LPs, cassettes, T-shirts and more!

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 at Amoeba Hollywood Jan. 18
   

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #62: Low Temps, High Rents, High Hopes For New Mayor, Weed, WiFi, B-Boys, RnR Hall Of Fame

Posted by Billyjam, January 8, 2014 09:09am | Post a Comment



Greetings from NYC where, like much of the country, it has been bitterly cold lately - with temps dropping a whopping 40 degrees in a 24 hour period earlier this week and with temperatures so low that, not only did they shut down a lot of flights in and out of the three main area airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark), Tuesday's
temperatures broke a 118-year-record when they dropped to 4 degrees - but with the wind factor it felt like minus 15. As someone used to Northern California's much milder and  overall seasonally more balanced weather what is so striking about NY weather is how it can go from this extreme freezing cold weather to the polar opposite of unbearably hot and humid in the summer months. 

Last month's protest outside the main New York Public Library (photo above that I snapped) addressing the subject of library cutbacks in New York City at the expense of condo developments was a recurring theme
at last week's inauguration of New York City's 109th mayor Bill de Blasio - a political leader who has presented himself as a man of the people and has clearly given hope to those poorer, struggling New Yorkers across the five boroughs.  During his inauguration ceremony last Wednesday outside City Hall many de Blasio team members and supporters of the new mayor attacked the surge of luxury condos over the past decade in New York City at the expense of increasingly fewer affordable housing complexes - all under the watch of outgoing mayor Bloomberg. Expect this to be a recurring topic during the year ahead.

As I look back on my education -- Exploring University Hills

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 7, 2014 10:26pm | Post a Comment
INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSITY HILLS

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In the fall of 2012 I had a stint house-sitting in El Sereno and I spent much of that time exploring said neighborhood with a dog named Dooley. This past fall I again returned to the Eastside and Dooley I again resumed our epic walks. This time around we explored Arroyo View Estates, City Terrace, East Los Angeles, El Sereno, Garvanza, Happy Valley, Hermon, Highland Park, Hillside Village, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Rose Hill, and one warm, sunny morning, University Hills

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of University Hills
Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography's map of University Hills

University Hills is a small neighborhood in Los Angeles's Eastside. University Hills is, like Hillside Village, often (perhaps even usually) considered to be a district of the greater El Sereno neighborhood by some and a separate entity by others. To its west is Hillside Village, to its south are East Los Angeles and City Terrace, to the southeast is Monterey Park, and to the east is Alhambra

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Billy Bragg & Wayne Kramer

Posted by Amoebite, January 7, 2014 04:32pm | Post a Comment

Billy Bragg

In the world of politically charged rock and roll, Billy Bragg and Wayne Kramer are iconic in their own right. The two musician/activists came together in 2009 to form Jail Guitar Doors, a non-profit organization that provides musical instruments and opportunities to help rehabilitate prisoners. Their name comes from a 1977 song by The Clash called "Jail Guitar Doors," which detailed the imprisonment of their hero, the MC5's Wayne Kramer.

Mr. Bragg and Mr. Kramer recently brought their Jail Guitar Doors show to Amoeba Hollywood. For their charity work, the two were presented with a certificate of recognition from the city of Los Angeles. Needless to say, they rocked the house. After their performance, the two sat down with our crew for another episode of What's In My Bag?.

Billy Bragg kicks off his "shit you can't find in England" list with Valerie June's Pushin' Against A Stone and Neko Case's The Worst Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Kramer picks up some Jazz with Grant Green's Grantstand record and drops a fun fact about Grant's love for the classic B3 organ. The two have some great picks from Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Vol. 10  to soulstress Merry Clayton's Best Of compilation to Cliff Martinez's Only God Forgives soundtrack. These are two cool guys, who on their own would have entertaining episodes, but we were lucky enough to get them together, making it a must see for any fan. Enjoy! 

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my top 10 films of 2013...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 7, 2014 03:20pm | Post a Comment

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The 10 Best Reunions of the 2000s

Posted by Billy Gil, January 7, 2014 01:44pm | Post a Comment

Since Stephen Malkmus ditched the likely lucrative reunion of his legendary band Pavement to continue on with his Jicks project, which released their great album Wig Out at Jagbags this week, I thought it a good time to look back at the band reunions that have popped up this new millennium. Though these reunions have both delighted and horrified fans, sometimes at the same time, a few have been so solid that it’s like our favorite bands never left us. Now get on it, Cocteau Twins!

1. Dinosaur Jr.

dinosaur jr. amoebaDinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis and bassist/Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow buried the hatchet in the 2000s, formally reuniting with longtime drummer Murph in 2005 to play on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and tour. They subsequently have released three terrific albums. If you were a fan of Dinosaur Jr. but haven’t checked out any of the albums from Dino. Jr. 2.0 (gross), do it now, as they’re as good as anything the band released during its heyday. 2012’s I Bet on Sky featured the kind of more chilled-out (yet still distortion-laden) songwriting you might expect from alt-rock elder statesmen, while 2007’s Beyond felt like lighting a match in a room full of gas, exploding with bottled up riffs and energy. Lou Barlow, whose own Sebadoh reunion also ranks as one of the better ones of the 2000s, makes his first contributions to the songwriting on these albums since 1987’s You’re Living All Over Me, and the band is better for it. Combined with their live shows, which are lessons in ear-splitting noise only bested by the next band on this list, it makes them the best reunited band of the new millennium!

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Album Picks: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Banks, Patrick Cowley

Posted by Billy Gil, January 7, 2014 11:02am | Post a Comment

Stephen Malkmus & The JicksWig Out at Jagbags (CD or LP)

stephen malkmus the jicks wig out at jagbags amoebaAmid all the reunions of ’90s bands, Pavement’s was an anomaly—no new material, just some shows, a best-of release and then kaput, all within the year 2010. That’s perhaps a good thing, since it gives people a chance to focus on frontman Stephen Malkamus’ work both solo and with the Jicks, which has been largely excellent—and underrated. Wig Out at Jagbags finds Malkamus and co. loose and having fun, but still writing solid songs that stick. After a couple of jammy numbers, the album picks up with the poppy “Lariat,” which funnily seems to call out Malkmus’ own fan base (“we grew up listening to music from the best decade ever!” he sings at the conclusion). Alt-rock revivalism gives way to a piano-led rock ballad on “Houston Hades.” “Rumble at the Rainbo” finds the band poking fun at its own elder status within the underground community—“come and join us in this punk rock tune/come slam dancing with some ancient dudes,” Malkamus sings. The more improvy numbers might lose some people, even if relistening to Pavement finds as much emphasis on exploration as melody, but they always come back with a catchy tune—“Chartjunk” features horns and Malkamus playing a not-jokey guitar solo, and seeming to enjoying every minute of it; “Independence Street” is a Velvets-esque, dry ballad; and “Surreal Teenagers” closes the album on an energetic high. With an album as fun to listen to as Wig Out at Jagbags, we’ll let Malkamus close the book on Pavement and move into a new era.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The National Anthem of Hip-Hop, The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache"

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2014 08:04am | Post a Comment

Sample This! The Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache"

This week's Hip-Hop History Tuesday Amoeblog takes a look at the song that truly qualifies as being "a hip-hop classic." In fact it is more than merely a "classic" but rather the classic when it comes to hip-hop music and culture. This record, which has rightfully been dubbed "the anthem of hip-hop," is the Incredible Bongo Band's well-worn song "Apach." It remains popular to this day, four full decades after Kool Herc first unearthed two copies of the (then mostly overlooked) record to make it a staple of his party rocking crates and a cornerstone of the genre from day one of hip-hop up in the Boogie Down Bronx - August 11th, 1973. Fast forward to today and you will still hear DJs rocking this track, see B-Boys and B-Girls all over the world breaking moves to it, and witness graffiiti artists playing it as they practice their craft. Furthermore, if you listen to any small amount of hip-hop music you hear songs sample elements from "Apache."  The song was prominently used in the Doug Pray DJ documentary movie Scratch in 1999. In 2006 the actual record was reissued, while in 2010 a 7" reissue (with "Bongo Rock" on other side) was released, and more recently (in the past month) the 27-track downloadable set, 40 Years Of The Incredible Bongo Band, was released.

2014 Forecast: Music I'm fantasizing about / looking forward to this year

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 6, 2014 07:11pm | Post a Comment
Now that 2013 is over and done with it's time look forward to a new year and new music. Here are some future releases and dream pieces I'm particularly stoked for:

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Various Artists - Killed by Deathrock, Vol. 1
(Sacred Bones) 

I. Love. Compilations! Especially when they are lovingly assembled over long periods of time by obsessive crate diggers. This is one such collection, compiled by the Sacred Bones Records founder Caleb Braaten, born of a love for exhuming rare tracks from barely-heard and in some cases "un-Googleable" Post-Punk, Deathrock, and Dark Punk ensembles. Began in 2007, this passionate piece of dedicated Deathrock devotion is finalized and finally seeing the light. Note: the LP is limited to 150 pressed on pink vinyl so, like, be ready to snatch yours up. Out January 21st.





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Cibo Matto - Hotel Valentine
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It'll be impossible for single party people to suffer a sad and lonely Valentine's Day in 2014 because Cibo Matto's first new album in fifteen years, Hotel Valentine, drops on February 14th! And they're making it an extra sexy release what with the limited first press made on clear/cream vinyl. The album itself is kind of of a concept centered around a of love hotel or something, but the usual zany grooves, random raps, funky breaks, Sci-Fi wasabi, jazzy interludes, island flava and extended dance jams make this album feel like their excellent last album, Stereo Type A, wasn't released as long ago as 1999. I mean, are the 90s back or does the Cibo Matto sound possess an infallible timelessness? Yes, and it's about time. 

Check out the vid for MFN:


Filmmaker Richard Kelly + Lost Highway at Arclight Hollywood Jan. 9

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2014 05:37pm | Post a Comment

Our neighbor at Arclight Cinemas Hollywood is the new home for The Modern School of Film series featuring guests from film (and beyond) discussing their favorite films. The first event is Thursday, January 9, at 7:30pm with filmmaker/writer Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales) hosting a screening of David Lynch's neo-noir masterpiece Lost Highway. After the film, MSF founder Robert Milazzo will talk with Kelley about the movie and its influence.

Reserve tickets for the Richard Kelly + Lost Highway event here. Tickets for Modern School of Film Events are $18 for the general public and ArcLight Members receive $1 off each ticket. 

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Upcoming events in the series:

January 31: Kris Kristofferson & The Grapes of Wrath

February 7: Alanis Morissette and Bridesmaids

View full schedule here.

Recap: January Charity Auction to Benefit Five Acres

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2014 05:00pm | Post a Comment

Drew Droege at Amoeba HollywoodOur first charity auction of 2014 was a hoot! On Saturday, January 4 we had the sweet and wonderful (and slyly hilarious!) Drew Droege host our monthly charity auction. On the heels of our holiday toy drive which brought in great gifts for the children at 5 Acres, this month we wanted to raise even more funds for this organization by auctioning off an array of items. We had a blast with actor/comedian Drew Droege, who was gracious enough to come back to Amoeba for an encore auctioneering appearance!

Our guest auctioneer, Drew Droege, is an alum of The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade. He is known on the Internet for his portrayals of Chloe Sevigny, Tanya Roberts, Feathers in "Planet Unicorn," and Professor LaFrange on Starz' new web series Hollywood Acting Studio. He's appeared on numerous television shows including Chozen, Drunk History, Sean Saves The World, Chelsea Lately, NTSF: SD: SUV, Burning Love, Happy Endings, Key And Peele, House Of Lies, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, and Up All Night

five acresIf you're not familiar with Southern California's Five Acres, they promote safety, well-being and permanency for at-risk children and their families by building on their strengths and empowering them within communities. Five Acres has served vulnerable children and families since 1888 by providing family-centered support services on their campus in Altadena and through outreach programs in homes, at schools and in off-site offices.

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Amoeba's Top 50 Sellers of 2013

Posted by Billy Gil, January 6, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment

1. Daft PunkRandom Access Memories

daft punk random access memories cd amoebaDaft Punk’s return to form was one almost everyone could agree on, led by the indelible single “Get Lucky.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Queens of the Stone AgeLike Clockwork

queens of the stone age like clockwork amoebaQOTSA returned with a Queen-inspired prog-rock opus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Atoms for PeaceAmok

atoms for peace amok cd amoebaThe supergroup featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke released its debut album in 2013.

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Music History Monday: January 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 6, 2014 09:50am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 6, 1957 - Elvis Presley will make his third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Due to the previous controversy generated by his movement on stage, Presley will only be shot from the waist up. The singer will perform "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Too Much," and "(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)." The appearance is a huge success and will be seen by over sixty million people, generating the single largest viewing audience in television history at that time. Only two days after this show airs, Presley will receive notice from the Memphis draft board that he is to be drafted into the United States Army.
 


On this day in music history: January 6, 1958 - The Gibson Guitar Company registers its design for flying vthe Flying V guitar with the US Patent Office. The unique instrument is designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty with the intention of adding a futuristic aspect to the companies image. During their original manufacturing run, the guitar's body and neck are constructed from African Korina wood and mahogany with either ebony or rosewood fretboards. Guitarists such as Albert King and Lonnie Mack will adapt to them immediately and will become closely associated with both artists. However, initial sales will be slow and they will be discontinued in 1959. When guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Dave Davies of The Kinks begin playing them, it will renew interest in the Flying V and Gibson will reintroduce the guitar in 1967. The instrument will become a favorite of hard rock and heavy metal musicians during the 1970s and '80s. Original Flying V's made in 1958 and 1959 today are valued at between $200,000 and $250,000. To this day, the Flying V remains one of Gibson's most popular guitars.

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Still In Love With You, Phil Lynott

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 4, 2014 04:11pm | Post a Comment
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Philip Parris Lynott
August 20, 1949 - January 4, 1986
On this day in 1986 the world lost her one and only wild one, Phil Lynott -- a man whose sound and vision are still very much alive in the hearts and minds of countless rockers the world 'round. From his vaguely Middle Earthian folk-rock proclivities that contributed to Thin Lizzy's early incarnations (evident in "lost" recordings like "Mama & Papa") on through to their first three albums, or the "Eric Bell years", to Lizzy's slow build to their mid-seventies hard rockin' heyday (solidifying their ultimate classic rock cult hero status) until the sun went down with Lizzy's last album in 1983, along with two solo efforts and his Grand Slam finale, Phil Lynott's life's work is infinitely sustained by his brilliance as a lyricist, musician, and a no holds barred, unapologetic fighter of a full-time rocker. No doubt raising hell in heaven above, his temporal existence will be forever missed.

I think I'll just fall to pieces 
If I don't find something else to do
The sadness never ceases
I'm still in love with you...

Bye Bye Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2014 12:24pm | Post a Comment

The Everly Brothers "Bye Bye Love (Live)" (1957)

Sad news has surfaced that yesterday, January 3rd 2014, singer Phil Everly passed on according to sources at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA where he had been hospitalized. Reportedly the 74 year old died from complications attributed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease triggered by a lifetime habit of heavy cigarette smoking.  Along with brother Don, Phil made up the legendary Everly Brothers singing duo who, with their smooth harmonies and memorable lyrics, ruled the pop charts from the latter fifties into the early sixties with a string of hits including "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Bye Bye Love," "When Will I Be Loved," and "Wake Up Little Susie." 

Inductees of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame the siblings began their musical careers early - first singing with their parents on radio shows and in concerts - before, while still teenagers, relocating to Nashville to become full-time songwriters. Ironically their first hit ("Bye Bye Love") as a recording duo was not a song that they themselves wrote but one written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant that they discovered and decided to record, adding their own touches to it. It became a number two pop chart hit and a number one country charts hit in 1957 and paved the way for the siblings as chart toppers both here in the US and in the UK. Check for both the extensive catalog of the Everly Brothers and Phil Everly's solo output at Amoeba.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Producer Joe Boyd

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2014 04:19pm | Post a Comment

Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd is an icon when it comes to music producers. He was at the core of Britain's folk rock boom of the '60s and pioneered the World Music genre in the '80s and '90s. Mr. Boyd has been a part of some Joe Boydiconic moments in music history, including overseeing Bob Dylan's legendary first live electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Boyd also signed and produced a young 20-year-old Nick Drake who subsequently released the classic album, Five Leaves Left. Boyd also holds the distinction of producing Pink Floyd's first single, "Arnold Layne."  From founding his label, Hannibal Records, to working as a film executive for Warner Bros. to releasing his memoir, White Bicycles: Making Music In the 1960s, Joe Boyd has definitely made his mark.  

Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?" crew had the pleasure of hanging out with Mr. Boyd during a recent visit to our San Francisco store. Needless to say, he has very eclectic taste in music. Mr. Boyd kicks off the episode with Dafnis Prieto's About The Monks and says Prieto is the "new genius of the drums." Boyd also digs up a copy of Mongo Santamaria's Our Man In Havana on vinyl. Although he points out he doesn't keep up with current bands too much, he made sure to pick up a copy of Phosphorescent's Here's To Taking It Easy. Mr. Boyd has many cool picks from all regions of the world to check out!

From the lions' dens and the mountain haunts of leopards -- Exploring Hermon

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 2, 2014 02:35pm | Post a Comment
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Hermon and the deodars planted by the Arroyo Vista Woman's Club in memorium [sic] of Grace Ebey Reed

In the fall of 2012 I had a stint house-sitting in El SerenoI spent much of my time exploring that neighborhood with a dog named Dooley. This past fall I again returned to the Eastside and Dooley I resumed our epic walks. This time around we explored Arroyo View EstatesCity TerraceEast Los AngelesEl SerenoGarvanzaHappy Valley, Highland ParkHillside VillageLincoln HeightsMontecito HeightsMonterey HillsRose HillUniversity Hills, and on one late afternoon, Hermon.

Concert Tickets for Sale at Amoeba Hollywood January 2014

Posted by Amoebite, January 2, 2014 01:04pm | Post a Comment

Concert Tix for sale at AmoebaAmoeba Hollywood regularly sells tickets to local shows, with the added bonus of charging low service fees (if you are 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. Store credit and coupons cannot be applied to ticket sales. Limit 4 tickets per person.

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:

Tycho Fonda Theatre

Tycho
FondaTheatre
May 8

Smiths Morrissey convention

Smiths/Morrissey Convention
The Avalon
March 30

 

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)
Audion Live w/Droog El Rey 02/22/2014 $20.00
Black Lips El Rey 03/21/2014 $22.00
Cibo Matto El Rey 02/24/2014 $25.00
Sharon Corr El Rey 02/26/2014 $37.00
Cultura Profetica El Rey 03/13/2014 $29.50
Cure Convention The Vex Arts 03/01/2014 $16.00
Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. El Rey 02/28/2014 $20.00
Dark Star Orchestra El Rey 04/05/2014 $30.00
Robert DeLong El Rey 01/31/2014 $17.00
Delorean
(Show postponed to Feb 7, 2014.
All tix for 11/15 will be honored.)
El Rey 02/07/2014 $20.00
Drive-By-Truckers Fonda Theatre 04/26/2014 $25.00
Galactic El Rey 03/30/2014 $32.00
Gardens & Villa El Rey 03/08/2014 $17.00
G-Eazy Fonda Theatre 02/27/2014 $20.00
Mike Gordon El Rey 03/17/2014 $25.00
Hollywood Ending El Rey 02/20/2014 $17.00
Hopsin El Rey 03/22/2014 $25.00
Jezabels El Rey 03/26/2014 $17.00
John Butler Trio Fonda Theatre 02/21/2014 $35.00
Kaiser Chiefs El Rey 02/25/2014 $30.00
Kodaline El Rey 02/27/2014 $20.00
Lawrence Arms El Rey 02/16/2014 $20.00
London Grammar El Rey 03/25/2014 $22.00
Lord Huron (SOLD OUT) Fonda Theatre 02/28 & 03/01 $22.50
Mad Caddies El Rey 02/04/2014 $17.00
Stephen Malkmus El Rey 03/28/2014 $25.00
Mavericks Fonda Theatre 04/03/2014 $35.00
Gary Numan The Mayan 03/06/2014 $35.00
Real Estate Fonda Theatre 03/11/2014 $25.00
Russian Circles El Rey 03/10/2014 $20.00
Skinny Puppy The Mayan 03/05/2014 $35.00
Slaughterhouse El Rey 04/10/2014 $25.00
Smiths/Morrissey Convention Avalon 03/30/2014 $20.00
St. Lucia El Rey 02/11/2014 $18.50
Step Brothers (Evidence x Alchemist) El Rey 02/05/2014 $20.00
Dave Stewart El Rey 01/30/2014 $25.00
Tosca
(Show postponed from 12/9 to 3/3.
All tix for 12/9 show will be honored.)
El Rey 03/03/2014 $30.00
Tycho Fonda Theatre 05/08/2014 $20.00
Typhoon El Rey 03/26/2014 $20.00
VNV Nation The Mayan 04/03/2014 $25.00
Washed Out (SOLD OUT) El Rey 01/27/2014 $29.00
We Were Promised Jetpacks El Rey 02/21/2014 $20.00

 

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #61: New Year and A New Mayor Taking "Dead Aim At The Tale Of Two Cities" + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2014 01:45pm | Post a Comment

New Years Day 2014, New York City where last night a million patient people packed into the Times Square area - a lot of them out of town visitors getting there hours in advance - to try and get a good standing spot to check out the festivities amid all the usual Times Square giant bright active LED screens towering overhead, check out numerous performers including Miley Cyrus and Deborah Harry, and at the stroke of midnight get to see firsthand the famous ball drop that is mostly seen on TV including a lot of New Yorkers who can't deal with all the crowds and waiting.  At around that same time over in Brooklyn new New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got sworn into office by the Attorney General of NY Eric Schneiderman in a modest low key ceremony right outside the family's longtime home that they now leave to take up residence in Gracie Mansion. Then early this afternoon here the official ceremony took place downtown at City Hall where Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by none other than former President Bill Clinton to become the first Democrat mayor of the city in 20 years and the 109th mayor of New York City.

New Years Day Bell Ringing Celebration Today At Richmond's Endangered Bridge ArtSpace

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2014 09:44am | Post a Comment
If you are in the East Bay this afternoon herald in 2014 at the Bridge ArtSpace where the 4th Annual New Years Day Bell Ringing Celebration, and potluck brunch, and bonfire will be held at the endangered Richmond art space. Beginning at noon with complimentary coffee the new year bell ringing (bells big and small) and bonfire celebrations, followed by poetry and various music performances, begin at 1pm and run through 4pm at the converted storage space complex. To fans of this unique artspace - storage units converted into art studio spaces - today's bell ringing could also symbolize a premature farewell to the Bridge Storage and ArtSpace (aka "Bridge") has been scrambling to catch up with local city ordinances and permits. The City of Richmond’s Planning Department, its Building Department, and Code Enforcement Unit recently sent the Bridge an eviction notice stating that the converted art and music studios are not in full compliance with Richmond Municipal Codes and needs to vacate within the week.  The timing of this bad news is ironic claims Bridge general manager Daryl Henline. "We’ve spent considerable time and money thus far in delivering a Planning submission and developing building plans for the project.  Ironically, on the verge of this activity to bring our facility into compliance, we have been served with a “Notice to Vacate” all occupied units in the facility by January 6, 2014.  This applies to tenants in all arts, music and workspace units at Bridge as well as our gallery," said Henline of the space he manages. Henline admits that under his management that the space - a mix of storage units and converted art spaces with the rented storage spaces' rents covering the costs of the art spaces that are currently occupied by 25 artists and  a variety of musicians in 6 rehearsal rooms - did not go about things in the correct manner. "We should have gone through proper channels, obtaining required approvals and permits before embarking on this new use for our facility," he said adding that the long term goal is to have a total of 40 art studios and 10 music rooms all for low income artists in Richmond.