Hiero Day 2014 -- happening Monday, September 1st in Oakland in the blocks surrounding 95 Linden Street (Linden Street Brewery) -- may only be in its third year, but this ambitious, annual, refreshingly non-mainstream, all-ages East Bay hip-hop festival has quickly become the best Bay Area hip-hop festival of the year. Hiero Day features the extended Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective along with a slew of equally talented hip-hop friends (mostly Bay and Cali hip-hop acts) performing on three different stages throughout the day. I attended last year's Hiero Day and was so impressed with how fun and how peaceful this musically rich event was!
Hiero Day is free and all-ages with a truly indie feeling, and no nasty corporate overtones. In fact it is more like an expanded modern day continuation of the Living Legends' Unsigned & Hella Broke jams back in the day. Fittingly, Mystik Journeymen are among those on the bill at Hiero Day 2014 - a day that will attract hip-hop appreciative fans in the thousands to enjoy great music, a variety of tasty food trucks, tables selling cool hip-hop clothing, a skate contest, and (for vinyl fiends and crate diggers) the beat swap meet.
Hiero Day 2014 -- happening Monday, September 1st in Oakland in the blocks surrounding 95 Linden Street (Linden Street Brewery) -- may only be in its third year, but this ambitious, annual, refreshingly non-mainstream, all-ages East Bay hip-hop festival has quickly become the best Bay Area hip-hop festival of the year. Hiero Day features the extended Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective along with a slew of equally talented hip-hop friends (mostly Bay and Cali hip-hop acts) performing on three different stages throughout the day. I attended last year's Hiero Day and was so impressed with how fun and how peaceful this musically rich event was!
Deubt full from the "London techno" producer after some trippy 12-inches. Moire's East London is somewhat similar to smoke filled vision proferred by Burial. This is all tension and atmosphere, yet the young producer is demonstrating a melodic talent we haven't previously seen. "Infinity Shadow" and other tracks take a classic KDJ/Theo Parrish approach to chords - keep it deep and bittersweet and they'll be hooked. His slightly off the beat bass hits are just enough to keep the listener reeling without knocking the tracks fully out of dance context. Still this is as good a record for driving as it is warming up a crowd.
Design A Wave
No Label (Rush Hour)
Design A Wave might be the best post-punk inflected improv dance band on Rush Hour's "No Label" imprint. That says a lot, considering Aaron Coyes, Suzanne Kraft, Willie Burns, Torn Hawk an Secret Circuit have all put out that type of music on the label. A great, varied release which pulls together hazy Durutti Column-esque midtempo Balaeria and the case of "Auto-Resonance Machine", a bit of The Pop Group's jittery paranoia.
Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days” video
For the video to “Dangerous Days,” from her upcoming album Taiga (out Oct. 7, preorder here), Zola Jesus and director Tim Saccenti take us into the literal landscapes that Zola Jesus’ music often evokes, from chilly arctic lakes to lush forests. It’s a gorgeous video that suits such an inspiring pop song. (Judging by the credits on YouTube, it looks like it was at least partially filmed in Washington’s Olympic National Park; guess we’ll have to book our tickets to go there ASAP.)
Tulips – “Hotspur” & “Wait”
Tulips are a self-described riotgaze trio from L.A. that trade off powerful female vocals over effected surf riffs and new wave beats, like if Lush were reborn as L.A. punks with a shit ton of attitude, or if Bikini Kill got hip to tremolo and reverb. They’ve got a two-song cassingle (!) out now, can you can hear both songs here. Look for it in the Amoeba cassingle section! See 'em tonight at Pehrspace with Roses for their cassingle release party.
Long time Florida punk rockers Against Me!are back with their 6th studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music). Much like classic punk records of yesterday, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is 10 tracks and clocks in at just 28 minutes and 43 seconds. Short and sweet! The album powerfully conveys the experience of dealing with gender dysphoria following the band's singer and co-founder, Laura Jane Grace, going public about transitioning into a transgender woman. Although the album's theme pushes Grace's personal story to the forefront, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is less autobiographical, and more musically universal, using catchy hooks to ease the listener into an otherwise heavy conversation about self identity. Still fast, still punk, and still very Against Me! Fans who are here for the music will not be let down.
Laura Jane Grace, James Bowman, Atom Williard, and Inge Johansson stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to do some shopping and our "What's In My Bag?" crew caught it all. The band kicks things off with Los Angeles, the seminal album by punk legends X. Laura Jane Grace picks up a DVD copy of Sleep Away Camp 3 and drummer Atom Willard follows that up with a copy of Bloc Party's recent Four album. From classic rock like The Doors to the newest album by Neko Case, Against Me! have a wide selection of picks and lots of fun stories about each one.
Sept. 1 is Labor Day, which means maybe you have the day off. What to do?
Head to any Amoeba store on Monday, Sept. 1, and spend $60 and you’ll get a $10 gift certificate to Amoeba, which can be used starting the next day, Sept. 2. That’s like a whole cassette. Or 7”. Or shirt. For FREE.
The fine print: offer excludes gift certificate and ticket purchases (cannot be used toward the $60); it’s limited to one per customer, per day; no coupons applied (but trade credits are ok!) and it’s for all three stores but not Amoeba.com.
$10 Free. It’s better than a BBQ!
We recently acquired a a massive Prog Rock CD collection and we're rolling it out at Amoeba San Francisco & Amoeba Berkeley on Friday, August 29, just in time for Labor Day weekend! Hundreds of rare import titles from Italy, Japan, Germany, France & Netherlands and lots of reissues on the Mellow and Musea labels. Get to our Bay Area stores early 'cause they won't last long!
Dressed all in black (as was her backing band) with a black Fender Telecaster in hand, Wales native Cate Le Bon took to the stage at Amoeba Hollywood on April 30, 2014 in support of her latest release, Mug Museum (Wichita Recordings). Le Bon performed a set of beautiful melancholy songs pulled from the new album. Fans packed the aisles at Amoeba and were treated to a signing after the show.
The new album finds Le Bon crafting gems in the wake of her paternal grandmother's death. By no means is Mug Museum a dark, sad production about mourning, although what's a Cate Le Bon album without themes of death and mortality? The album is a well-rounded work of art, at times channelling '60s psych, with organ droned sonics making it both dirty and pretty all at the same time. Le Bon's vocals are front and center like never before and some critics may argue Mug Museum is the best release in her catalog.
Watch Cate Le Bon performing "Are You With Me?" from Mug Museum live at Amoeba Hollywood:
Cate Le Bon - Are You With Me? (Live at Amoeba)
Watch more from this set here.
The Ramones in concert in 1977 doing "Pinhead" (with refrain "gabba gabba hey")
Is it time for a big production Ramones biopic? As a longtime fan of the pioneering punk group I would say yes it sure is time! But the fact that there are more and more young music fans getting turned onto the timeless music of the Queens NY band who formed in 1974 and left us with such classics as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Pinhead," and "Rockaway Beach" is one of many arguments in favor of a bio-pic about The Ramones. More importantly is the fact that all four original Ramones - Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy - have all passed on (Tommy, who died last month at age 62, being the last original Ramone to leave us), means that yes it is most definitely time for a Ramones biopic. But the film should be done right. So it was good news to read in Billboard yesterday that Queens NY born Martin Scorsese has reportedly made plans to direct (or "attached" to the production as reported by Billboard) of such a film about The Ramones whose 40th anniversary (of their first record in 1976 as distinct from when they first formed two years earlier) is fast approaching in 2016 - a perfect time to release such a film. As the Billboard article reported in addition to this bio-pic there is also a Ramones documentary in the works, along with a theatrical play, and a new book (note that there are already many Ramones books published either - visit the book section at Amoeba). Read Billboard article here and check out The Ramones music at Amoeba.
Taking place at Bedrock Studios, a recording and practice space in Echo Park, from 3 to 10 p.m., the festival will feature music curated by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. There will be performances from noisegrind supergroup Head Wound City (featuring Zinner, Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers, and Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian, both from The Locust and Holy Molar) as well as local indie rockers Cherry Glazerr (check out our interview with the band here), garage rockers Deap Vally and all-female Black Sabbath tribute group Black Sabbitch. It’s hosted by German techno personality Flula and will feature music spun by DJ Soft Touch.
What a great week it has been for hip-hop in New York City! On top of the big 2014 DMC US Finals at Webster Hall in the East Village on Saturday (reviewed on Amoeblog here) and the following day's nearby Battle Ave DJ battle at Turntable Lab, there were clubs and concerts galore, an amazing True School Park Jam yesterday, the Harlem Hip-Hop Festival - part of Harlem Week - over the weekend, and first annual International Hip Hop Parade on Saturday. The parade took place in none other than the "Boogie Down" Bronx, the borough where hip-hop was born 41 years ago, with many legendary figures in attendance including the three grand marshals of the parade Melle Mel, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Kool DJ Red Alert (who afterwards called the parade "a great event to recognize this unstoppable culture that was born in the Bronx."). The organizers of the parade, which took place along Bathgate Avenue to a positive response from onlookers, say that they plan to travel to a new location each year for the event, noting that their mission statement is one of, "showing the positive side of Hip Hop music through technology, education, and expression." More info.
The Berkeley World Music Festival holds their first-ever Fall festival with Autumn Equinox the weekend of September 20th and 21st. The festival is a free celebration of music and community, and is held outdoors in People's Park and in various Telegraph Avenue venues.
On Saturday, September 20th, shows run from noon to 9pm in People's Park on the Amoeba-sponsored stage! Catch performances from La Misa Negra (Afro-Columbian & Cumbia), SambaDa (Brazilian Samba Funk), Markus James & the Wassonrai (Mississippi Meets West Africa), and more! Also catch live music in cafes, shops & along the sidewalk along Telegraph Ave. from noon to 9pm with Reinhardt Swing (Gypsy Jazz) and Tango Revolution Telegraph (Argentine Class & Milonga), just to name a few.
Sunday is the Telegraph Avenue Street Faire, merging Berkeley World Music Festival and the season finale of Sundays on Telegraph. Enjoy main stage entertainment with Baraka Moon with Stephen Kent (didjeridu) & Sukhawat Ali Khan (Quawali Sufi Trance Dance), The Bouchaib Abdelhadi Band with DanceVersity (Middle Eastern), Sadza Marimba (Zimbabwean dance music), Cypress Grooves (Cajun & Zydeco), Michael Masley (World Kalimbalom & Eggdawn Autoharp), and Simcha (Klezmer). Also take in the street music and art, and circus and interactive play.
In the video for her song "Go," featuring Blood Diamonds, Grimes goes all Mad Max/Final Fantasy on us with swords and veils in the desert. But then also at the club. 'Cause after all, this was a song Grimes had written for RIhanna but that got turned down. Pretty lame, it would have been nice to hear Rihanna try something different like this, but it sounds great coming from Grimes, too. The song is available to download now from Amoeba.com.
See the video below:
This 1973 solo debut from the country-rock pioneer marked his departure from The Flying Burrito Brothers and includes such songs as "That's All It Took," featuring Emmylou Harris. This reissue comes on 180 gram vinyl.
The Weekly Wednesday steal is happening every Wednesday, in which we sell some prized piece on discount for only $10 while supplies last. It's limited to one per customer. Previous deals have included releases by Boards of Canada and tUnE-yArDs for only $10. Keep coming back every Wednesday to Amoeba.com to see what we have going on. As always, there’s FREE SHIPPING on Amoeba.com for music and movies in the U.S.
2014 DMC US Champions Top 5 (Showcase style: six minutes each DJ)
1st: DJ I-Dee (Fairfax VA)
2nd: DJ Dwells (NYC)
3rd: DJ Ease (Rochester NY)
(aka International Ease)
4th: DJ Esquire (Brooklyn NY)
5th: Ichy the Killer (San Jose CA)
DJs I-Dee and Dwells - the winner and runner-up respectively in this year's heated 2014 DMC US Finals DJ battle presented by Rane, that took place Saturday night at Webster Hall in New York City - are both examples that battle DJing is something that many get into at an increasingly younger age. They're also proof that the DMC is indeed as it claims to be the "most prestigious" and important competition for DJs out of the many other battles over the years - since it's the DMC that these two (like most DJs) strive towards winning, and that each have meticulously studied videos of past DMC competitions for inspiration in bettering their skills in preparing for battle. "When I first started DJing seventeen years ago, when I was ten, I picked up a whole bunch of DMC tapes," said the new US DMC battle champ DJ I-Dee in his acceptance speech for the title that will take him to the UK in October for the 2014 DMC World Championships. "My goal was accomplished ten years ago when I made the [DMC] US Finals. And everything after that has been a complete bonus," added the Fairfax VA DJ [seen in above pic c/o Arvee Eco Photography who supplied most of the photos for this review - others c/o Christie Z-Pabon of DMC/Tools of War].
Listen up, Dylan fans: B Dizzle has another set of Bootleg tapes coming our way this November.
The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is due Nov. 4 on Legacy. These recordings comprise the time when Bob Dylan and his band (that would be The Band) holed up in West Saugerties, New York at a house they dubbed Big Pink to make some of their most iconic recordings some 50 years ago, according to Rollingstone.
Band member Garth Hudson helped producer Jan Haust salvage what they could of the previously unused recordings, which will be released in a chronological order (using Hudson's numbering system) in the six-disc release, which will include covers of country songs by artists Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Harlan Howard as well as R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, along with traditional rearrangements and lots of originals. There also will be a two-disc version of highlights released called The Basement Tapes Raw.
If you like post-punk music at all, your favorite new band will probably be Merchandise. With a bit of Pulp’s swagger, the Cure’s emotional yet economical guitarwork and the dramatic grandiosity of Morrissey’s solo work, Merchandise nail every nuance on their new album, After the End. Big, shimmering chords on “Enemy” announce their arrival with the kind of bravado that leaves you a little breathless, incredulous that this isn’t a song or band you’ve heard before. Singer Carson Cox’s throaty tenor fills the space that isn’t carved out by his bandmates nicely, on ballads like the stunning “Life Outside the Mirror.” It’s a solid listen, but After the End particularly shines on its singles, like “Little Killer,” the riff of which is catchy enough to leave you tracking back again and again to get that feeling all over again. While After the End is an immensely enjoyable album, the elephant in the room is that, however immaculately made, it’s not the most original thing you’ve ever heard—“Green Lady” is great, with its stuttering beat, big guitar riffs and sure, why not, some sitar, but it could easily be a Morrissey outtake. No matter. Originality will come in time. For now, Merchandise reach a very specific itch, that youthful feeling of discovering a new favorite band who just flat out gets it. No trickery, nothing too out of the ordinary, just some of the best pop music you’ve heard in ages.
Did you all have fun at FYF Fest? We know we did.
The next events we’ll be at will be a couple of concerts this weekend at Levitt Pavilion in L.A.'s MacArthur Park. First up is Quetzal on Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., then we’ll be at La Santa Cecilia at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. We’ll be on hand with Amoeba swag, and you can enter to win a $75 gift certificate to Amoeba just by signing up for our newsletter.
Chicano rock band Quetzal boast a mashup of Mexican and Afro-Cuban beats along with jazz, blues and rock arrangements. The East L.A. band’s latest album is Imaginaries. Check out “Dreamers, Schemers” from that album below, and find out more about the show here:
|La Santa Cecilia|
Latin Grammy-winning band La Santa Cecilia always promises an excellent show, with their fusion of cumbia, boleros, bossa nova and rock. Their latest album is Someday New. Hear “Cumbia Morada” from that album below, and find out more about the show here:
One of the less-widely recognized or discussed ethnic groups in India are the Tripuri (also known as the Tipra or Tipperah). They are believed to have migrated from somewhere in Western China to the Brahmaputra Valley at least 2,000 years ago -- which may sound like a long time ago but is relatively recent in a subcontinent believed to have been first settled by humans at least 70,000 years ago and another hominid species, Homo heidelbergensis, perhaps as many as 800,000 years before them.
Yes, you read that correctly: The Purple One will release two new albums in September.
Both the previously announced new Prince album, Plectrumelectrum, and the accompanying album Art Official Age will come out September 30. While Plectrum has been in the works for some time now, Gigwise reports after Prince held a press conference in London at singer Lianne La Havas' home to announce the album and a tour in January, it didn't have a release date until now. Plectrum was recorded with the help of his alt-girl group, 3RDEYEGIRL, while Art Official Age is a solo album.
Hear the funkadelic "Clouds" from Art Official Age over at Complex.
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Born on this day: August 25, 1949 - Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz in Tirat Carmel, Haifa, Israel), bassist and vocalist of KISS. Happy 65th Birthday, Gene!
Born on this day: August 25, 1954 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus in Paddington, London, UK). Happy 60th Birthday, Elvis!
Remembering singer and actress Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, NY), January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001.
On this day in music history: August 25, 1975 - Born To Run, the third album by Bruce Springsteen is released. Produced by Bruce Springsteen, Mike Appel, and Jon Landau, it is recorded at 914 Sound Studios in Blauvelt, NY and The Record Plant in New York City from January 1974 - July 1975. After the poor initial sales of his first two albums, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle, the critical third album will be Springsteen's last shot to prove his commercial viability or be dropped by his label Columbia Records. Springsteen and his band will spend over 14 months in the studio laboring over the album until he feels it is perfect. Even upon completion of the album, Springsteen will still be unsure and nervous about its chances in the commercial marketplace. His doubts will be quelled after he leaks an early version of the title track to rock radio. The positive response it receives will stoke demand for the album among the musician's loyal fanbase and will finally attract the attention of radio. Upon its release, Born To Run will be a commercial and artistic triumph for the New Jersey-born rocker, spinning off two singles including the title track (#23 Pop), with several other songs on the the album ("Thunder Road," Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Backstreets," "She's The One") becoming rock radio staples and highlights of Springsteen's epic live concert performances. The album's iconic cover photo (taken by photographer Eric Meola), features Bruce holding his trademark '53 Fender Esquire while leaning on saxophonist Clarence Clemons shoulder. The picture is taken during a three hour long photo shoot and is selected out of 900 frames shot by the photographer. The cover will become most of the most imitated and parodied images in rock history. In 2005, the album will be reissued as a three disc box set to commemorate its 30th anniversary. It will include a remastered version of the original album and two DVDs. The first being an extensive documentary about the making of the landmark album titled "Wings For Wheels," which will win a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video in 2007. The third disc is a complete and previously unreleased live concert filmed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in November of 1975 and additional footage from a show filmed at Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles in May of 1973. Born To Run will peak at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Tanlines headlined a trio of dreamy indie-pop bands for the latest Red Bull Sound Select show, which happened Aug. 20 at Sayers Club in Hollywood, curated by Amoeba.
L.A. trio Roses came out bouncing around on stage with a set of new wavey tracks, about half of which could be found on their new EP, Dreamlover. After a couple of upbeat new ones, they got slow and dreamy for “The Fog” before returning to a bobbing dance beat for “Florence Girls.” Guitarist Juan Velasquez remarked that the couch-laden venue felt like MTV Unplugged, something I’d noticed upon entering (or perhaps “VH1 Storytellers”?), and the band finished with a new song that combined Cars-style palm-muted guitars with frontman Marc Steinberg’s intoning vocals.
SISU came on next, the project from Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu. In SISU, she’s on guitar and vocals, singing “stash a secret deep in you heart” like it’s a command over thumping krautrock on “Blood Tears,” the title track to her excellent album. Sometimes sultry and hazy, other times crushing with pulverizing guitars, SISU struck the right balance on songs like “Harpoons,” which pairs a grim tone and eerie effects in its verses with a sweetly sung, romantic chorus. A friend said it reminded him a bit of Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins sung by a woman, while I was thinking a lot of Curve—both great comparisons in my book! A flute by the mic was the cause of much speculation/excitement, which Vu brought out for a quick flute solo before returning to more tasty shoegaze crunch.
Allah-Las – “Buffalo Nickel”
The third track Allah-Las have previewed from their upcoming new album, Worship the Sun (out Sept. 16 on Innovative Leisure, preorder now on LP or CD),is the most pop-oriented yet, with its ba ba ba verses and easygoing vibe, though there’s a nice deserty drone beneath it. The band will be at Amoeba Music for a free in-store performance Sept. 5 at 5 p.m., come check it out!
White Fence – “Like That” video
White Fence’s new album, For the Recently Found Innocent, is so good they should throw Tim Presley in jail. In fact, that’s what happens in the video for “Like That.” And speaking of, keep an eye out for an upcoming episode of “What’s In My Bag?” with Presley.
Dilated Peoples "Good As Gone" (2014)
1) Dilated Peoples Director of Photography (Rhymesayers Ent) (also on clear vinyl LP format)
2) Kendrick Lamar Good kid, m.A.A.d city [Deluxe Edition] (Aftermath)
3) Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)
4) Freddie Gibbs Pinata (Madlib Invazion)
5) J-Dilla Donuts (45 box set) (Stones Throw)
At the Los Angeles Amoeba Music store this week the number one album in the latest hip-hop chart is the brand new, anticipated album from hometown heroes Dilated Peoples who return after eight long years (but don't call it a comeback!) with an incredible album. Director of Photography on Rhymesayers Entertainment, that was also pressed up on clear vinyl LP format, is a wonderfully executed work that's all tied together with the theme of photography (see the video clip below - one in a series that the group explain the meaning behind this theme). With lots of references to hip-hop and to their hometown Directors is intricately produced with layered seductive bass-lines, bone tingling beats, and engaging rhyme flows that find Evidence and company at their finest. Well worth the wait. See video above for “Good as Gone” and check out such tracks as “Show Me the Way” featuring on the chorus Aloe Blacc. Writes the Amoeba.com reviewer: "Though it’s plenty rooted in classic hip-hop, Directors of Photography mostly avoids feeling dated with some of its more adventurous tracks. Record pops, lo-fi mics and a dark guitar lick give “Let Your Thoughts Fly Away” a terrific modern underground feel, its wicked bass comes through partway in to keep it engaging amid lyrics about “dreaming even though we’re wide awake.” And “Opinions May Vary” featuring great young hip-hop duo Gangrene is head-spinning in the best way, like riding out a bad trip and just going with it. Ditto the rest of Directors of Photography, a heavy dose of chemically altered yet classically minded hip-hop."
When folk rock band Saintseneca stopped by Amoeba Hollywood recently, they brought with them a strong dose of Appalachian inspired harmonies, an odd, three-stringed instrument called a Strumstick, and a very appreciative crowd. Columbus, OH-based bandmates Zac Little, Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, Jon Meador took the stage for a short set that saw them moving from rollicking, upbeat sing-a-long choruses to melancholy, introspective moments to post-punk style reverb-drenched breakdowns.
Saintseneca's first album on ANTI- Records, Dark Arc, came out this past spring, and the band have basically been on tour ever since. This fall, they're touring all across America, with a Los Angeles stop on October 9, at the Bootleg Theatre. Check out the band's lively, foot-stomping take on traditional American music below.
Saintseneca - Live at Amoeba
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Saturday, August 23rd marks Peaches Christ's 17th Annual summer screening of Paul Verhoven's 1995 masterpiece-of-trash, Showgirls! I'm sure you're familiar with the classic story: a young woman, Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkely), dreams of being a Las Vegas dancer but a run-in with superstar Cristal Conners (Gina Gershon) proves there's only room for one star on the marquee. It's a must-see for connoisseurs of camp everywhere.
Celebrate Peaches Christ's NC-17th annual screening with a spectacular pre-show called NIGHT OF 1,000 SHOWGIRLS. This pre-show includes the first ever Showgirls Game Show with prizes supplied by Peaches Christ Productions and the evening’s co-sponsors. Also, the triumphant return of Peaches' long-time sidekick Mariny (the most flawed and tragic drag queen in all of San Francisco) and "FREE LAP-DANCES W/ EVERY LARGE POPCORN" from Peaches’ legion of live "dude-girls" are also promised. Tradition!
This one-of-a-kind San Francisco experience begins at 8:00 pm at San Francisco's Castro Theatre. Get your tickets HERE!
Pop-rock singer LP will appear at The GRAMMY Museum Sept. 3 for The Drop, featuring a performance as well as a discussion with the artist. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. The show starts at 8 p.m.
New York-born Laura Pergolizzi is known for her shock of dark, curly hair, androgynous glam style and, most of all, a powerful set of pipes that leave most of her pop contemporaries in the dust. LP cut her teeth writing songs for other people, such as Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” and Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful People,” while also driving a van around the country, playing 250 shows a year. A number of previous major-label debuts didn’t pan out, but LP persevered and released her first EP, the live release Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, in 2012. Now she’s finally released her debut LP, the upbeat, charming Forever For Now, produced by GRAMMY-winning producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo.
A performance will be accompanied by a discussion moderated by VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman.
Malaysian-born pop singer Yuna will appear at Grand Performances in Downtown L.A. Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. The show is free. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event. It’s hosted by KCRW’s Raul Campos. Come say hi at our booth and spin our prize wheel.
Yuna combines worldbeat touches with stunning acoustic guitar and Western pop melodies on albums like Nocturnal. Hear Yuna’s voice soar over a clap-along beat on “Rescue” for a taste:
Oh, and she does a killer cover of one of the best songs in recent years, Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You”:
Grand Performances is a nonprofit that puts on free shows that aim to reflect global culture and inspire community among the people of L.A. They take place at California Plaza at 350 South Grand Avenue.
We are very proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Monterey Jazz Festival and to be on-site with a Mini-Amoeba store! Every year we have an amazing time meeting jazz fans and seeing the world's best talent. This year's line-up is going to be one of the best yet!
The 57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival welcomes more than 500 artists performing nonstop on eight stages for three nights and two days! Come see live sets from Herbie Hancock, The Roots, Michael Feinstein, and so many more!
Swing by the Mini-Amoeba between sets for tons of rare, collectible, and out-of-print CDs and LPs for sale from our vaults. Plus, look for a host of artists who will be signing copies of their albums at our booth after their performance.
Here's who is signing at the mini-Amoeba:
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Cecile McLorin Salvant -- 8:50pm
Back in 2007, I interviewed James Spooner, maker of the 2003 documentary Afro-Punk, about the AFROPUNK Festival, which was directly inspired by his film. The director/producer told me that he never dreamed that his passionately produced, low-budget documentary would go on to jump-start a burgeoning cultural movement, inspire the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) annual arts festival, and name him as its co-curator.
"Afro-Punk was a film about being a black punk rocker in a white world. And we had a really good few screenings at BAM.... that escalated into doing a series with a bunch of other films that evoked the same feeling of black thinking or black rebellion all telling the 'other' black story," Spooner told me at the time, adding that the folks at BAM had the idea of building a whole festival out of it. Now in its tenth year, AFROPUNK Festival has grown exponentially into a much bigger and broader event with a lineup that is off the hook and transcends the subgenre that gave it its name.
James Spooner's "Afro-Punk" 2003 documentary that inspired the AFROPUNK Festival
Among the myriad of diverse acts scheduled for this year's festival, are Bad Brains and Fishbone - both of whom were in Spooner's documentary - along with such others as Meshell Ndegeocello, The Internet, Body Count, the Cro-Mags, CX KiDTRONiK, D'Angelo, The Bots, Trash Talk, SZA, Alice Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, King Britt, and tons more. The newly-expanded AFROPUNK festival includes, in addition to punk, lots of DJs and producers performing. This year presents a special Tribute to DJ Rashad - the influential late Chicago footwork producer who died back in April. Performing will be members of Rashad's Teklife crew, Chicago footwork pioneer RP Boo, Dance Mania ghetto-house originator DJ Deeon, Lit City Trax founder DJ J-Crush, and The Era dance crew from Chicago. Another sign of the expanding festival is the newly added AFROPUNK AFTER DARK, which organizers say, aims to transform the neighborhoods of Brooklyn into a captivating playground of music and culture events in venues starting at 10:00pm and including the Black Weirdo party and King Britt's celebration of Sun Ra's centennial, The Beautiful Noise. The AFROPUNK Festival 2014 happens this Saturday and Sunday (August 23rd & 24th) at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park and other locations. For full listings and ticket information click here.
L.A. trio Roses spin out gorgeous tunes that blur the line between dreamy introspection and new-wave pop abandon on their debut EP, Dreamlover. The band, which features ex-Abe Vigoda member Juan Velasquez on guitar with Marc Steinberg on vocals/keyboards and Victor Herrera on bass, will be at Sayers Club tonight for the next Red Bull Sound Select show, along with Tanlines and SISU, who we caught up with yesterday. The show is only $3 with an RSVP and starts at 8 p.m.; hope to see you there!
We spoke with Velasquez a bit about his new band and the recently released Dreamlover before the show.
You guys were friends for a while before becoming a band. Tell me a little bit about how you guys formed.
The War on Drugs have released a video for their song “Under the Pressure” that somehow visually conveys exactly what it feels like to listen to the band’s music. You can’t help but picture being driven through soft-focus sleepy Middle American towns and suburbs passing by as the band’s dream-pop version of AM radio jams filter through the speaker and you drift in and out of consciousness. I also love the shots of the band quietly playing in a room, as if capturing the moment when a song comes through from some unknown place and lands on your guitar.
Attention Amoebites & Amoebloggers: I'm putting on a show!
FIST OF LEGEND
Saturday, August 23, 2014 // Midnite
Widely regarded as the greatest film of two legendary careers, Fist of Legend teams international superstar Jet Li with martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo-ping (Drunken Master, Kill Bill 1 & 2, The Matrix trilogy) for some of the most awe-inspiring fight sequences you’ll ever see. In this tribute to Bruce Lee’s classic The Chinese Connection (aka Fist of Fury), Li radiates sheer power and coolness as folk legend Chen Zen: a kung fu phenom living abroad who returns home to avenge the death of his master, and save his martial arts school. Shifting effortlessly among diverse fighting styles, Li battles blindfolded, wields his belt as a lethal weapon and more, as each action set piece raises the bar to unbelievable heights of art, beauty and precision. It’s a deadly ballet of skill, speed and agility; your jaw will hit the floor watching cinema’s pre-eminent kung fu badasses working at the pinnacle of human ability!
Dir. Gordon Chan, 1994, 35mm, 103 min.
Before Tupac, before Notorious B.I.G., before Jay-Z or Lil Wayne, there was Chuck D! In the mid '80s, Chuck D and his group, Public Enemy, signed with the rap label Def Jam. You know, that bedroom record label that discovered little groups like the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and some thrash metal band named Slayer. Ring a bell? With Def Jam's support and Chuck D at the helm, Public Enemy championed socially conscious rap music in America. With politically charged albums like It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet (the latter selling 1 million copies week of release), Public Enemy remains one of the most important rap groups in history.
It’s coming along but since I have to work in spurts, it’s been going slowly. I’m pretty sure I’m experiencing ‘second record’ jitters but I try my best not to think about it! I am playing around with some different gear (drum machine, synth, software), so there’s been that bit of learning curve, and seeing if these pieces stick. It can be like growing another limb. They’re not only just different sounds, they can change up your whole process.
SNL’s Vanessa Bayer hosts a Sally Jessy Raphael-style talk show in which we see one of the Haims in love with mimes, Ke$ha in love with her cat and A$AP Ferg as a guest whose girlfriend has fallen for another woman. Hey look, there’s Grimes chilling in the waiting room. And there’s Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig sitting in the audience. OK, it’s pretty much a game of spot the famous person, but still pretty fun!
Days Are Gone is out now and is still really good.
Both rappers had drawn inspiration for their names from the 1975 movie Let's Do It Again and its character Biggie Smalls that was played by Calvin Lockhart. So by the time the Biggie born Christopher Wallace arrived on the rap map the other Biggy Smallz was already out there releasing hip-hop singles including 1993's "Cruisin" which, like 1994's "Nobody Rides For Free," was also produced by Johnny "J" who was also producing for 2Pac - an affiliation that he is best known for. Reportedly it was Tupac Shakur who asked Christopher Wallace to change his name from Biggie Smalls to avoid confusion with his Thug Life buddy Biggy. Hence Christopher Wallace officially became The Notorious B.I.G. before releasing his major label debut. Although since some have suggested that it was not Pac's request for the name change but rather fear of legal copyright infringement from the producers of the Let's Do It Again movie that was the real reason for Wallace changing his name.
For some bands, the weight of an estimable catalog can sometimes feel like a burden, and working with the same collaborators for years on end can be stifling. So artists turn to new projects for those ideas that don’t fit into the ideals of their main gig, or just to take a break. Like Thom Yorke indulging his dubstep fetish with Atoms for Peace, Electric Wurms sees psych-pop arena-fillers The Flaming Lips (that is, the band’s singer/songwriter, Wayne Coyne, and multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd) have stepped away from the Lips for this collaborative EP (along with the modern prog band Linear Downfall) of acid-trip jams. It’s not much of a departure from the Lips sound, but there’s a freewheeling feel to this mini-album that’s been missing of late from the Lips’ increasingly difficult albums. Unexpected sounds gurgle out of every pore of songs like their cover of Yes’ “Heart of the Sunrise,” yet create a kind of cosmic, atmospheric beauty. Rock-based psychedelia that grounds songs like the insane “Transform!!!” and keep them (or you) from becoming completely unmoored. Musik Die Schwer Zu Twerk may scream “for fans only” on paper, but, as always with these guys, something that at first seems like a one-off ends up feeling well-considered and rewards repeat listens, given Coyne’s whimsical production and the obvious chemistry (in more ways than one!) that these guys generate. Really cool little release from Wayne Coyne and his Heady Fwends.
Amoeba San Francisco held their first ever Hot August Bikes on Sunday, August 17th, bringing in cyclists (and those who love them) from all parts of the Bay. From noon to 5pm, the Amoeba SF stage and mezzanine were transformed into a bike-friendly fair featuring booths from Bay Guardian & SF Weekly, Hubert's Lemonade, Salsa Delfina, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Between salsa and lemonade tasting, guests could learn about the SF Bicycle Coalition and spin prize wheels provided by Amoeba and Bay Guardian for fabulous gifts.
A raffle was also held for two beautiful bikes: the adorable Creme Dutch style bike donated by American Cyclery and the sporty Ocean Front Walker donated by Sole Bicycles. Funds raised from this raffle will be donated directly to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
As if that wasn't enough, we had two celebrity guests. Yes, a Stormtrooper and a Biker Scout from the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion dropped in to share their love of bikes and record browsing!
And without further ado, here are the winning raffle ticket numbers:
Amoeba Hollywood’s first ever Hot August Bikes event was a blast and brought bike enthusiasts and Sunday adventurers of all stripes out to the Ivar lot behind Amoeba for an afternoon full of fun, food, bikes and fundraising.
Between Amoeba’s prize wheel, raffle ticket sales and vendors donating a portion of their proceeds from the event, more than $1300 was raised for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, whose mission to build a better, more bike-able Los Angeles County. LACBC welcomed a number of new members and gathered more than 100 signatures supporting bike lanes in Hollywood as they ran the day's bike valet—congratulations!
And speaking of those raffles, here are the winning raffle ticket numbers as well as their corresponding prizes:
$100 Converse Gift Card
$100 Converse Gift Card
Jeff Regan, Investigator is a fine, hardboiled detective/radio noir series from the 1940s. Today it's perhaps best-remembered as Jack Webb's last role before Dragnet. After his departure, it continued with Frank Graham filling Webb's formidable (gum)shoes until his untimely death.
Jeff Regan, Investigator debuted on CBS with the title Joe Canto, Private Eye on 10 July, 1948 with Barton Yarborough starring as Canto. The first episode, "Doctor, Lawyer and Indian Chief" was rerun a week after its initial airing with the new title of Jeff Regan, Private Eye. During its short run it would variously be referred to in print as Jeff Regan, Jeff Regan Det., and Jeff Regan Detective in addition to its proper title. Webb took over the role of Regan in the second episode, "The Prodigal Daughter" after which Yarborough continued to occasionally appear as Canto.
Webb and his roommate/creative partner, Richard L. Breen, had made names for themselves on the west coast and within radio circles with Pat Novak...for Hire (1946) produced by San Francisco's KGO. After quitting that show and relocating to Los Angeles, the two created its near clone, Johnny Madero, Pier 23 (1947) which aired nationally, on the Mutual Network. However, Johnny Madero was a summer replacement series and did not continue after its short season. After freelancing for a spell, Webb was approached by CBS about creating a new series, which led to the creation of Jeff Regan.
Interpol has just released a new song, and it's a stunner. Over oceanic guitars, Paul Banks croons "fuck the ancient ways." Perhaps appropriately, the band pummels through a classic Interpol arrangement like it's the first time.
Hear the song below. Interpol will be at FYF Fest this Saturday.
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On this day in music history: August 18, 1956 - "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard Best Sellers chart for 11 weeks. It is third chart-topping single for Presley. Penned by songwriter Otis Blackwell ("Great Balls Of Fire," "All Shook Up," "Return To Sender"), the track is recorded at RCA Studios in New York on July 2, 1956, with the master version being the 28th take. The single is released 11 days later on July 13th and is an immediate smash. Technically the B-side of the single, it will be listed along with "Hound Dog" beginning the week of August 11,1956 when it reaches #2, then topping the chart the following week. The double A-sided single's run at the top of the charts is unprecedented in the era. The record will remain unbroken until 1992 when "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men holds the number one spot for 13 weeks. "Don't Be Cruel" is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2002.
On this day in music history: August 18, 1978 - Who Are You, the eighth studio album by The Who is released. Produced by The Who, Jon Astley, and Glyn Johns, it is recorded at Rampart Studios in Battersea, London; Olympic Studios and RAK Studios in St. John's Wood, London; and Pete Townshend's home studio in Going-on-Thames, London from October 1977 - April 1978. Issued three years after their last studio album The Who By Numbers, it will be the final album to feature original drummer Keith Moon, who will die of an accidental drug overdose just three weeks after its release. It will spin off two singles including "Trick Of The Light" and the title track (#14 Pop). In 1996, the album will be remixed and remastered (by Jon Astley), with the reissue containing five bonus tracks. Who Are You will peak at number two on the Billboard Top 200, number six on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
The GRAMMY Museum presents THE DROP: Joe Henry Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event.
Joe Henry will appear for a live performance and interview moderated by Scott Goldman, VP of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.
The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has a reputation for drawing from country, blues, jazz and folk with his varied albums and deftly exploring the human experience with his lyrics. He has collaborated with such celebrated artists as T-Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, Van Dyke Parks, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau and Bill Frisell, and has produced records for Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie, Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Costello and Solomon Burke, among others. His latest record, Invisible Hour, has been incredibly well-received, with an 80/100 score on review aggregator Metacritic. His 13th album includes guest appearances by The Milk Carton Kids and Lisa Hannigan.
G-Eazy "I Mean I (feat Nemo)" (2014)
1) Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty (SubPop)
2) G-Eazy These Things Happen (BPG)
3) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invasion)
4) MF Doom Special Herbs, Vol. 5 & 6 LP (Nature Sounds/Fat Beats)
5) JJ Doom Bookend EP (Lex Records)
The number one selling hip-hop album at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store this week is the experimental hip-hop album Lese Majesty (also available in LP format) from Shabazz Palaces who just did a very well received in-store at the Haight Street store a couple of weeks ago (July 29th) in celebration of the new album by the Seattle based group fronted by Ishmael Butler (formerly known as Butterfly with Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire. The recently released Lese Majesty is the group's second studio album and follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 debut Black Up. And so far the new 18 track album, whose title is the French term for criminally insulting or offending a head of state, has been garnering rave reviews like its predecessor did including high praise from the Amoeba site which lauded the 45 minute new album for "challenging and expanding the hip-hop landscape, taking it to the moon and beyond.....like a galactic sonic roller coaster."
Tambien's two EPs for ESP Institute are adorned with totally generic art portraying themselves as a ""polite trio from Bavaria." Their music, on the other hand, is unruly and odd. The a here is an acid jam with wild female vocals of unknown origin, while the B, "Are You In Touch", veers closer to the highly musical yacht house you'd expect from Andrew Hogge's label. Cool!
Super melodic, slightly off-kilter house EP from Panthera Krause. The weirder the better with this guy. Things start to heat up with "If", which has an odd swing over a big, funk influenced breakbeat. Some euphoric chords bring it home. "Dubcek" also contains a slightly psychedelic edge, but fits more neatly alongside other modern house. It sounds like PK is trying to score a car chase.
Youth Code – “Consuming Guilt”
Industrial/EMB duo Youth Code are really firing on all cylinders on the first song from their next EP, “Consuming Guilt.” Or rather they’re firing dirt and smoke into your face and then spitting on you to clean yourself up. Industrial filth hasn’t felt this good in a long while. It’s from the A Place to Stand EP, due Sept. 23 on Dais.
The Growlers – “Good Advice”
A whirling farfisa organ drives this garage-pop ditty from SoCal’s Growlers through a subtly twisting arrangement and square into your cranial region. “There’s nothing as depressing as good advice,” Brooks Nielsen sings in a bittersweet rasp, adding, “Nobody wants to hear how to live their life.” Maybe the best thing we’ve heard from the band yet! Chinese Fountain is out Sept. 23 on Everloving. Preorder it now on LP or CD.
BPos "Higher" from Positive Beings (One League Entertainment, 2014)
Bay Area hip-hop crew BPos live up to their name of BPos [be positive] with their latest release Positive Beings which has been selling well at the two Bay Area Amoeba stores since its recent release. The new album, whose theme is all about choosing the positive path in life and working towards living life a positive human being -rather than a negative one. It is the expanding San Francisco based hip-hop's crew (now five members strong) fifth full-length release, featuring new member female rapper/vocalist Gyrl Ab'Strakt.
Their strongest to date it is once again released via their own indie label One League Entertainment. Positive Beings is BPos' first ablum in two years and the first release since their critically acclaimed Pos Tapes: The Album. In addition to its overriding theme of positivity that the album delivers the new release is also constructed like a radio broadcast from a fictional station with mic breaks (drops) throughout from longtime Bay Area hip-hop DJs like Kevvy Kev and this Amoeblogger. The group say that anyone who even casually listens to their new album, which since its recent release has also been garnering airplay across the country, will hear its message loud and clear- that "We are all positive beings." This week I caught up with the BPos' Goodword to have him give the Amoeblog some more insights into his group's latest release that includes a hidden track featuring none other than Masta Ace and others.
Passionate about bike culture? Well, you'll soon be able to literally wear your heart on your sleeve with the extra special limited edition T-shirts from Golden Saddle Cyclery and tote bags from Lumi at our Hot August Bikes event in the Ivar parking lot at Amoeba Hollywood Sunday, August 17 12-5pm. A portion of all proceeds from Hot August Bikes will go to support the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
DTLA-based Lumi will harness the awesome power of the sun to create photo transfer prints that develop in sunshine, creating a cool, one-of-a-kind canvas tote. You can choose from various photo print designs for your tote, or demo the ink/process and get a kit to use for at-home DIY printing projects. Either way, you'll be able to show off a killer bike-themed design, AND your appreciation for the wonders of nature, modern printing technology and eco-conscious tote bags.
Check out the fantastic designs created specially by Lumi for Hot August Bikes! If you can't make it to the event, but wish to purchase one of the negatives, Lumi has made them available online at the links below.
|Buy Amoeba Hollywood negative||Buy Vinyl Farthing negative|
|Buy Keep It Moving negative||Buy Amoeba Hot August Bikes negative.|
Watch this video about Lumi's DIY alternative to screen printing powered by the sun:
FlyLo today released a video with audio clips from the album and visuals by manga artist Shintaro Kago. Sounds like lots of acid jazz rap insane beats paired with dead bodies exploding—but, like, in a fun, anime way. BTW, there are a lot of flashing lights, if you’re sensitive to that.
People seem to either love him or hate him (or are jealous of all the money he makes) but they all know who he is; American artist Jeff Koons whose instantly identifiable, simple-yet expensive, balloon-animal like, large scale sculptures made of stainless steel sell in the tens of millions of dollars. One of his pieces sold at a NYC auction last year for $58.4 million! For a lot less money, now thru October October 19th, you can get to see his art up and close and personal and judge its value for itself for the ongoing Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. With a total of 120 works by Koons on display this Whitney exhibit, which opened in late June, is the most comprehensive retrospective curated of the living artist to date (in fact there hasn't been a full show on his overall body of work in two decades) and as such is well worth visiting. Spanning various mediums - not just sculpture - Koons work on exhibit includes such iconic works by the pop artist as the gaudy yet popular Michael Jackson and Bubbles (right), Balloon Dog, as well as the premiere exhibition of such new Koons pieces as the unveiling of his large scale Play-Doh that he's reportedly been busy working on for over twenty years. The Whitney Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am to 6pm and is located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, NY 10021. For general info click here. And for info on free tours here.
Guitarist/vocalist Clementine Creevy started writing songs as a teen and found herself making demos in between studying for class and doing homework. After hooking up with schoolmate and drummer Hannah Uribe and recruiting bassist Sean Redman, Clementine's demos became the foundation for the newfound Cherry Glazerr.
What exactly is a Cherry Glazerr anyway? Is it a quirky name for a trendy new craft cocktail on the menu at Mohawk Bend? The answer is so much cooler than that! Cherry Glazerr take their name from KCRW morning news anchor Chery Glaser. The irony is, 2/3 of Cherry Glazerr's members are not old enough to legally drink and the morning news is usually listened to by old responsible adults on their drive to the office. Sounds worlds apart right? Not too long ago, Clementine Creevy found herself tuned into the morning news as her mom drove her to school. Little did Chery Glaser know, not only was she informing folks about their traffic and weather, she was also influencing a budding rock star!
Fast forward a year or so later and Cherry Glazerr have already racked up some impressive gigs, opening for Hunx and His Punx, Redd Kross, Mikal Cronin and performing at South By Southwest. Their debut album, Haxel Princess (Burger Records, 2014), is a fiery 10 song batch of fun goodness. Go get your Cherry Glazerr on and make sure to catch this awesome band live.
The next round of Led Zeppelin reissues (after the band reissued its first, second and third untitled LPs) are its classic 1971 fourth album (also untitled, but generally referred to as IV) and 1973’s follow-up, Houses of the Holy.
You can now preorder Led Zeppelin IV on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD, and House of the Holy on LP, Deluxe LP, Super Deluxe LP, CD or Deluxe CD on Amoeba.com and they'll ship for FREE to the U.S. Both albums will arrive in stores October 28, 2014.
Today Jack Webb is best remembered for his portrayal of Detective Sergeant Joe Friday on the radio and television series Dragnet. Friday – a stiff, slouching, robotic cop who chain smokes as he rails against drug abuse – embodies for many folks the definition of a hypocrite and a square. However, the real Webb was also quite the hepcat, an amateur jazz musician with a massive collection of records. In addition to playing hard-boiled detectives, he also used radio to attack social injustices (on One out of Seven) and, with Pete Kelly's Blues, indulge his lifelong love of jazz and Chandler-esque noir.
Pete Kelly's Blues lobby card
Pete Kelly's Blues began as an unsponsored replacement series for The Halls of Ivy after a 13 February audition. It debuted on NBC on 4 July, 1951 and aired on Wednesday nights in most markets (Saturdays in others). It was created by Richard L. Breen, who'd previously worked with Webb on the wonderful and not-at-all dissimilar radio noir series, Pat Novak, for Hire, which Webb had left in 1947. Throughout the series' short run, Webb continued to star on both the radio version of Dragnet, which ran from 1949 until 1957, and the television version, which began a few months after Pete Kelly's Blues and continued to air until in its first run until 1959).
Just finished in production and finally published yesterday is the above anticipated second part/sequel to the excellent premiere in the The History of DJ and the continued story of the UK founded DMC as told by DMC founder Tony Prince - the former Radio Luxembourg DJ/founder of the British company that would become synonymous hip-hop DJ/turntablist battles - even if DMC initially (and still does) stand for Disco Mix Club. It was so named since initially it was all about the mixing end of the DJ but soon morphed into the scratch area of the DJ as is outlined in this second part of the documentary above when some participants in the contest took offense to the (then) new direction in the latter 80's that the battle was taken - upon its cue from the scratch-themed Superman battles at the annual New York City convention the New Music Seminar. Tony Prince formed the "Disco Mix Club" in 1986 as an offshoot of his Disco Mix Club Show radio program that he began in 1981. The above second part is a great history lesson that covers a lot of ground in the history of both the DMC and of the DJ. It returns to some memorable moments such as Philly DJ Cash Money traveling to the UK in 1988 to reign supreme in the competition, 1989 DMC World champ Cutmaster Swift doing a live routine on the high profile Terry Wogan television program, and Germany's DJ David winning the world title in 1991 when, in the final dramatic 15 seconds of his six-minute routine, he wowed the judges with the ultimate body trick of palm-spinning his entire body around on top of one of his turntables. However many (justly) argued at the time that the judgement was unfair and based on his purely eye-catching, visual body trick rather than on his turntablist skills and that runner up DJ Qbert should have in fact won. But such are the debates surrounding any competition that carries as much weight as the DMC does. Upcoming in this year's DMC battles are the 2014 DMC US Finals taking place in NYC at Webster Hall on August 23rd (look for a full review of that battle here on the Amoeblog shortly after that date), followed by the 2014 DMC World Championships in London at the Forum on October 5th. Below is the video of the winning routine by last year's champion - DJ Fly from France.
This set will include the albums London Scene (1971), Shakara (1972), Gentleman (1973), Afrodisiac (1973), Zombie (1976), Upside Down (1976) and I.T.T. (1980). It will also include a 12-page booklet with an intro by Eno, song lyrics and contributions by Afrobeat historian Chris May, Pitchfork reports.
Eno and Talking Heads famously used Afrobeat and Kuti as an inspiration for the classic Talking Heads album Remain in Light, which Eno produced. Watch Eno talk about his longtime enthusiasm for Kuti’s music in the video below:
FKA Twigs is the stage name of singer/songwriter Tahliah Barnett, who together with a team of some of the best producers working in pop music (Blood Orange’s Devonte Hynes, Clams Casino and Paul Epworth of Adele/Coldplay fame, among others) come up with one of the most brilliant debut records of 2014. What at first sounds like icy, alien R&B ends up feeling amorous, empathetic and intriguing to no end. Songs like “Lights On” at first sound not so out-of-time, fitting in nicely with the adventurous alt-soul stylings of The Weeknd or current Beyonce, but the songs are continuously chewed up and breathed back out into wondrous concoctions that bear little resemblance to anything else out there. Vocally, Barnett calls to mind someone working to effect change within the mainstream like Aaliyah once did as much as she does weirdos like Yma Sumac and Bjork (especially on the bold “Preface”), her airy voice warping into new dimensions yet latching onto reality on the touching “Two Weeks” and suddenly coming through clear as day as she pleads with sexual abandon through classic soul phrasings for a would-be lover amid analog-sounding robotic textures. As much as FKA Twigs is a product of a time in which introspective artists who allow for empty space to permeate their music are the norm, from The XX to How to Dress Well and James Blake, Barnett’s music feels more fun to listen to and not at all dreary, even if mostly downtempo. “How would you like it if my lips touched yours?” she suddenly entreats in the laser-streaked “Hours” and it’s hard not to think of some fantastical Janet Jackson comeback. “Video Girl” is more direct, asking “is she the girl from the video?” (Barnett has a background as a backup dancer in music videos) as Barnett goes on to prove she’s a lot more than that through stunning lead and layered vocals while the song’s lush, post trip-hop music sways and lurches sensuously. But “Pendulum” will no doubt be her entrÃ©e to most audiences, as the Epworth production literally knocks on your door with its stuttering beat and introduces a girl capable of delivering a Prince-level combination of heartache and confidence while keeping sly pop hooks on the backburner right until they’re ready to sizzle. It makes you happy to be listening to pop music in this day and age when something so exciting as this will bubble to the top.
Portishead will celebreate the 20-year anniversary of their debut record, the trip-hop classic Dummy, by reissuing it on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The band should be announcing a release date via their website this week.
The first 1,000 copies of the album will be on blue vinyl, defaulting back to black vinyl after that. It will also come with a download card of the original album. Dummy won’t be seeing a remaster or additional songs added to the original tracklist.
Even more great news in the Portishead world is word that the band is headed back to the studio soon to work on the follow-up to 2008’s Third, band member Adrian Utley told The Quietus in February. Given how amazing Third was, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation.
Watch the video for "Glory Box" from 1994's Dummy below:
This Friday, August 15th, Trannyshack, San Francisco's biggest and most fabulous drag performance night club, honors the two most famous Jackson siblings, Michael and Janet! This month, Trannyshack welcomes special guest star Milk (RuPaul's Drag Race)!
This soon-to-be legendary night will also feature performances by Heklina, Miss Rahni, Chaka Corn, Holy McGrail, Kegel Kater, Cookie Dough, Sugah Betes, Bea Dazzler, Mahlae Balenciaga, Gurleen, Bay Area Flash Mob, and more!
Get your tickets HERE!
With the sad, sudden, and shocking news that the 63-year-old comedic actor Robin Williams was discovered dead of an apparent suicide (LA Times report) at his Tiburon home this morning, we present these clips of him at his best over the years. The first, produced care of WatchMojo, is a reprise of what they consider ten of his best acting roles including, of course, such classics as Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting. The second is an excerpt of his alcohol and marijuana bit from his famous A Night At The Met performance.
Scheduled for a December 2014 release in theaters, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb will be Robin Williams' posthumous release in which he (once again in the three part film series) plays the role of Teddy Roosevelt.
Robin Williams "Live At The Met - Alcohol/Marijuana"
Moon Block Party is happening at the Fairplex in Pomona on Oct. 18 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s an all-ages show, and tickets are $45 (you can also buy them at Amoeba Hollywood with only a $2 service charge). Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of the event—look for our booth!
The great, literary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen celebrates his 80th birthday next month (on Sept. 21). What better way to do that than with a new album?
Popular Problems will likely be out sometime next month, Rolling Stone reports. Though Cohen’s representative could not confirm the album or a release date, it was hinted at during last week’s Cohen fan convention, Leonard Cohen Event 2014, and the album is listed on Amazon France with a Sept. 22 release date.
Here’s what Jarkko Arjatsalo, a Finnish accountant that runs Cohen’s official website, said about the album in the foreward of the event booklet:
“Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.”
No tour plans have yet been announced. Cohen’s last album was 2012’s Old Ideas, for which Cohen recorded songs that didn’t make the cut that could make it onto this album, he told RS in 2012:
“I rehearsed some other songs on the road—new songs that didn't make it onto the record. So I have a new record [after this one], at least two-thirds of it, anyway.”
Old Ideas was pretty great, so we're more than OK with that. Hear that album's opening track, "Going Home," below:
When Smashing Pumpkins released their beloved-in-retrospect fourth album, Adore, back in 1998, frontman Billy Corgan couldn’t resist talking a lot about a great song he left off the album called “Let Me Give the World to You.” Perhaps to preserve the nocturnal feel of the classic 4AD indebted Adore, the song wasn’t included on the album—the title alone promised a bombastic rock single in the vein of songs like “Tonight, Tonight.” But we got another version of the song later, on the digital-only Machina II, albeit in a different version that sounded quickly recorded in the best way, with gauzy, Cocteau Twins-inspired guitars and jangly pop feel.
Now Corgan has released the original recording, produced by none other than hip-hop producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin. So it’s that over-the-top “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” thing, right? The song is closer in feel to “1979,” with muted new-wave guitars and a level of restraint not typically seen with this band, yet its Beatles-inspired arrangement is, of course, heartfelt and grabbing. Though Adore is lovably imperfect as is, I can’t help but feel this recording would’ve slotted in nicely near the end of the album and perhaps provided a crucial breakthrough third single that could’ve changed the troubled history of the band for the better. Sigh.
The music film combines early appearances by the band along with what are basically music videos, as the band evolved creatively and had more input as to how they were portrayed on TV. This version also comes in a limited edition digibook, for you collectors out there.
The Weekly Wednesday steal is happening every Wednesday, in which we sell some prized piece on discount for only $10 while supplies last. We’ve so far sold records by Boards of Canada and tUnE-yArDs for only $10. Keep coming back every Wednesday to Amoeba.com to see what we have going on. As always, there’s FREE SHIPPING on Amoeba.com for music and movies in the U.S.
Watch a performance of "Touch Me" below, which is included on the DVD:
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On this day in music history: August 11, 1966 - John Lennon holds a press conference at the Astor Towers in Chicago to apologize for remarks he had made in an interview published five months earlier. The original interview with journalist Maureen Cleave is published in the British newspaper The Evening Standard on March 4th. During the interview, Lennon will comment on religion and what he feels is the decline of Christianity in modern times. The comments will make little to no impact in Great Britain. On the eve of the band's fourth American Tour, US fan magazine Datebook will reprint Lennon’s comments out of context causing a furor in the US bible belt with radio stations banning the band's music, burning their records, and The Beatles themselves receiving death threats. After Lennon’s public apology, the uproar will eventually blow over. Though it will mark the beginning of the end of The Beatles days as a touring band. They will quietly and permanently withdraw from the road when they play their final live date at the end of the month at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
On this day in music history: August 11, 1969 - Barabajagal, the seventh album by Donovan is released. Produced by Mickie Most, it is recorded at Olympic Studios in London in May 1968 and American Recording Company in Los Angeles in November 1968 and May 1969. The album features musical backing by The Jeff Beck Group (on the title track) as well as background vocals from Graham Nash, Mike McGear (aka Michael McCartney), Rod Stewart, and Madeline Bell. It will spin off two singles including the double A-sided single "Atlantis/To Susan On The West Coast Waiting" (#7 Pop) and the title track (#36 Pop). The album will also mark the end of Donovan's long term collaboration with producer Mickie Most, with Most shifting his attention to his newly formed label RAK Records and signing artists such as Hot Chocolate, The Arrows, Smokie, and Suzi Quatro. Barabajagal will peak at number 23 on the Billboard Top 200.
"Timber Party" Pitbull ft Kesha vs Rihanna vs RedNex vs Garbage (Shahar Varshal Mashup) (2014)
Last weekend at the weekly Bootie SF party in San Francisco when DJ Mysterious D dropped the above mashup track into her mix the already packed and energized DNA Lounge dancefloor revved into full-on party mode dancing with wild abandon to the mashup that pitch-perfectly blends elements of '90's hits by both Garbage and RedNex with the current era hits by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha ("Timber") and Rihanna ("What Now"). It was no wonder the Saturday night club goers responded so well to the Shahar Varshal produced "Timber Party" since the remix qualifies as the perfect mashup - one that expertly builds upon each of its elements so that the whole is even greater than the sum of its already spectacular parts.
In the case of the "Timber Party" mashup, producer Varshal takes two already great contemporary pop songs ("Timber" released late last year as a single off Pitbull's 2013 release Global Warming: Meltdown and Rihanna's hugely popular 2013 single "What Now") but elevates both to new heights by melding the best of the two together (the Rihanna vocal only here) and adding in perfectly chosen parts of both RedNex (usually fun but kinda cheesy, guilty pleasure) 1994 hit single "Cotton Eye Joe," and the vocals from 90's alt rock, female fronted band Garbage's breakout 1995 hit single "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" - making Shirley Manson's sultry vocals sound even better than on the original by giving her a whole new instrumental backdrop thanks to the Pitbull track and matching her up with Rihanna - the most unlikely yet perfect pairing of voices - and all the while anchoring the song with the Ke$ha "I'm yelling timber" chorus vocal as the song's main hook.
Prince "Anotherloverholenyohead" (1986)
Prince Current Top Five Favorites:
"When You Were Mine"
Michael Jackson Current Top Five Favorites:
"Leave Me Alone"
"Will You Be There"
"Rock With You
The above are the top three personal favorite Prince and top three favorite Michael Jackson songs from the current playlist of longtime Bay Area DJ Dave Paul's non-stop/traveling Prince & Michael Experience party. The busy interstate commuting DJ, who brings his ever popular homage to the King of Pop and the Purple Prince to some different US city most weekend nights (last night he was at the Howard Theater in Washington DC, tonight he's at DROM in New York City) messaged me these picks between flights over the past 24 hours. Yesterday morning back in the Bay Area he had his suitcase packed and his alarm set for 4am for what has become a typical hectic weekend schedule for the music renaissance man who started out as a DJ thirty years ago spinning records by, amongst other artists, his two favorite artists: Prince and Michael Jackson.
Amoeba is proud to be a sponsor of Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate with folk singer/songwriter Vikesh Kapoor at Grand Performances in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. As always with Grand Performances, the show is free. You can RSVP on Facebook here.
Syracuse-born Driscoll is an American musician who uses everything but the kitchen sink in his songwriting, employing acoustic guitar, loops, beatboxing and rapping in his music, which fuses elements of rock, reggae, soul and folk. Guinea-born Kouyate is a virtuosic kora player from a lineage of famous players of the classical African stringed instrument. The album, Faya, released this year, sees the two collaborating as Driscoll spits verses over Kouyate’s lightning-fast riffs and velvety vocal tones.
Watch the the title track from the duo’s Faya album below:
|James Brown performs in The T.A.M.I. Show|
Amoeba is sponsoring The American Cinematheque’s film series Turn Up the Radio, which covers the intersection of music and media, rock and pop in Los Angeles during the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, from 1956 to 1972. The shows run Aug. 13-17, and you can get tickets here. General admission tickets are $11.
The films in the series cast a light on L.A. as a cultural zeitgeist during a time of great upheaval in pop culture, in concordance with one of the programmers Harvey Kubernik’s new book, Turn Up the Radio!, covering such iconic artists as The Doors, The Seeds and Frank Zappa. Kubernik will be signing his book in the lobby of the Egyptian at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. The series is co-sponsored by Santa Monica Press.
Wednesday Aug. 13 sees The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68, covering the band’s triumphant Hollywood Bowl show on July 5, 1968, just as their classic album Waiting for the Sun was released, playing such classics as “Light My Fire,” “Hello, I Love You” and “The End.” The film is directed by Doors organist Ray Manzarek and has been restored and remixed by the band’s longtime engineer, Bruce Botnick. The show starts at 7:30 with a slide show by rock photographer Henry Diltz, followed by the film at 8. Watch a remastered clip of the band performing "Light My Fire" at the Bowl in '68 here.
I was curious to hear how Spoon’s sonically brilliant new album would come across live. Though they’ve always been a solid, rhythmically interesting band, producer David Fridmann gave the band an extra something special on this new album that made them really come alive on record.
Live, the album’s varied songs really popped, from the workmanlike “Rent I Pay” to the thumping yet introspective “Inside Out.” Clearly, the band is as enamored of their new songs as are critics, as the band counted off songs gleefully and seemed to up the volume of the groove every time for maximum impact.
Though they’re an engaging live band, Spoon are also knob twiddlers at heart, and by the third song, the space-Motown of “Rainy Taxi,” their sound had been perfected, erupting into a noise break at the end. Britt Daniels was reliably on throughout, his gritty vocals cutting through a loud mix.
It was great to hear the band bust out “I Turn My Camera On” (from 2005’s Gimme Fiction), the song’s carefully cultivated beat serving as a nice counterpoint to their noisier new material, as well as the comparable “Small Stakes” (from 2002’s Kill the Moonlight). The songs served as a reminder of Spoon’s many strong albums—remember the Beatlesesque “Don't Make Me a Target,” from 2007’s excellent Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga? It sounded great, even if Daniels seemed frustrated for a moment while on his knees wailing on the guitar (funny, since he could just stand still, looking and sounding perfect and people would be happy).
1) Amp Live Headphone Concerto ( Plug Research Music)
2) Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty (SubPop)
3) Madlib Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD (Madlib Invasion)
4) Has Lo & Castle Live Like You're Dead (Mello Music Group)
5) BPos Positive Beings (One League Entertainment)
Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for this week's top five chart plus his nice comprehensive run-down (see video above) of all the new and recent hip-hop arrivals at the East Bay store - in both CD and vinyl formats. These include Armand Hammer's vinyl only Furtive Movements (Backwoodz Studioz), the brand new collaboration between Philadelphia emcee MarQ Spekt and prolific New York City producer Blockhead - JustPlayWitIt on HiPNOTT Records, and Anticon label co-founder/member Alias' new full-length Pitch Black Prism featuring fellow Anticon co-founder/former Amoebite DoseOne as guest emcee on the track "Crimson Across It." Other new arrivals include the limited edition vinyl (only 300 pressed up) House Shoes and Street Corner Music Presents: T-White The Gift Vol. 5!, and Washington DC beatmaster Damu the Fudgemunk's Public Assembly CD care of Redefinition Records and Fat Beats that was initially intended as a limited edition vinyl only release for the 2014 WFMU Record Fair. The other new / recent releases that made the top five chart entries this week
(recent Amoeba San Francisco instore performers) Shabazz Palaces' pioneering new album Lese Majesty (again on SubPop), Madlib's Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD c/o Madlib Invasion that is also available in single volumes on vinyl (Rock Konducta Vol. 1 LP and Rock Konducta Vol. 2 LP), and the latest from the unstoppable Mello Music Group; Has Lo & Castle's Live Like You're Dead. The other two top five entries are both Bay Area (Amoeba Berkeley and Amoeba San Francisco have long been highly supportive of homegrown talent): San Francisco crew BPos's latest Positive Beings on One League Entertainment that will be featured in detail in a soon to be published feature here on the Amoeblog, and the newest release from Zion I producer Amp Live: Headphone Concerto on Plug Research Music. As he proved long ago on such productions as Rainydayz Remixes project, on which remixed Radiohead's 2008 album In Rainbows (totally reworking it and adding in such artists as Too $hort, Del, and Zion I mate Zumba, Amp Live has always musically been beyond hip-hop. And this album - his first for Plug Research - while it is hip-hop at its base still further pushes the envelope more beyond hip-hop into such other musical terrain as soul, pop, and electronic on such tracks as the cello intro'ed, pop hit sounding "Penny Nickel and Dime" featuring Anya and Prof (see video below which demonstrates the message of the song - about the influence and power of the almighty dollar).
Pyramid Vritra – “Track 3”
Pyramid Vritra (aka Hal Williams) is one of my favorite young rapper/producers around L.A., having released the excellent Indra earlier this year on Stones Throw. Now he’s got a new EP out called Palace, with each of its six songs representing a corridor or room in a house. I’d say “Track 3” is like an elegant living room with sun filtering through the windows. Williams’ goal with the new EP was to shift attention to his flow and storytelling abilities, which are often folded into his dazzling productions. Yet “Track 3” features some truly psychedelic rhymes and wordplay that is fun to get lost in. It’s like he says himself: “He never ever be what you predicted, listen.”
Medicine – “Turning”
Well Medicine sure don’t seem to be slowing down on their second go-around. After the L.A.-based shoegaze greats reunited and released their first album in 20 years, the excellent To the Happy Few, last year, they’ve already got another one headed our way. Rather than continue riding ’90s nostalgia waves, the band has augmented their sound with Brazilian-inspired sounds and rhythms, as can be heard on the first single “Turning,” which bounces on a rumbling rhythm but remains defiantly ’gazey and psychedelic, like a post-punk Os Mutantes. Home Everywhere is due Oct. 28 on Captured Tracks.
Wareham was joined on stage by his band, including wife and musical partner Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), and in between songs, he read one of his favorite fan letters to the crowd. After touring extensively this spring, Wareham's only upcoming scheduled dates are a string of nights from November 6-8 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Check out "Holding Pattern" in the video below or watch the full set here.
Outside Lands -- the music, food, and art festival that descends on San Francisco's Golden Gate Park every August -- starts tomorrow (Friday, August 8th). With blockbusting headliners like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, and Kanye West, it's no surprise that the festival is SOLD OUT. If you missed your chance to bask in the summer chill with thousands of your soon-to-be best friends, do not despair! You can still get tickets to most of the Outside Lands Night Shows!
The Outside Lands Night Shows start tonight with four events around the Bay, including Mikal Cronin & Bear Hands at The Independent (tix) and Glen Hansard & Sean Hayes at the Fox in Oakland (tix). On Friday, catch Soul Rebels at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (tix). For Saturday, you can still nab tickets to see Gold Panda at Mezzanine (tix) or Woods at Brick & Mortar (tix). Keep the party going through Sunday night with Deer Tick & The Districts at Rickshaw Stop (tix) or Superjam with members of Kool & The Gang at The Independent (tix). Happy concert-going!
Amoeba Music in New York City? Yes, inside Urban Outfitters @ Herald Square
Representing Amoeba Music and being in New York City, I am often asked by record collectors and music fanatics if Amoeba might ever open a store in New York City. While I would have answered that question with "Unfortunately, probably not" before, I can now cheerfully reply that Amoeba Music has a scaled-down but impressive record shop inside the recently-opened new Urban Outfitters in Herald Square across the street from the flagship Macy's. There inside the three-level, 57,000 square foot flagship Urban Outfitters the California-based Amoeba has proudly set up shop and curated a diverse assortment of over 400 vintage vinyl titles. Ranging from classic rock and punk to jazz and soul and more, these vinyl titles (mostly first pressings) are in excellent condition, shrink-wrapped, and all come with a bonus Amoeba sticker inside. They are priced at $20 an LP. You will find the Amoeba section conveniently located on the street level of the new store that opened in June, sharing space with Urban Outfitters own impressive music section (new vinyl, turntables, headphones, etc.) and other shops such as Intelligentsia cafe, Hairroin Salon, and a Bikestock bike repair station. Urban Outfitters is located at 1333 Broadway between 35th and 36th Streets. Open 9am - 10pm Monday to Saturdays and Sunday 10am to 10pm.
No one ever thinks to connect Arlington, Virginia to the dreadlocked, rastafarian, blunt smoking genre of reggae. That is, of course, unless we're talking about SOJA. The eight-piece reggae/dub group has been releasing records for over a decade and touring relentlessley the entire time. The Virginia natives are now amongst the elite reggae bands in the world and have collaborated with the likes of Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Collie Buddz and Michael Franti. SOJA will release Amid The Noise And Haste (ATO Records) on August 12, 2014, followed by a tour of the United States and Europe. You can pre-order it on CD or LP at amoeba.com now and it'll ship FREE to the U.S.
Singer Jacob Hemphill, guitarist Trevor Young and sax player Hellman Escorcia shopped around Amoeba Hollywood for some records recently. The guys dig up some really cool finds, grabbing everything from jazz to world and rock music. Trevor starts off with the new Jack White LP, Lazaretto, a definite must have for White fans and vinyl collectors. The LP features dual groove technologies, hidden tracks that play at 78 and 45 rpm, making it a three speed LP! A huge Paul Simon fan, Jacob finds a 25th Anniversary edition of Graceland and shares a cool story about his childhood connection to the record. Hellman digs for some jazz classics, including Dexter Gordon's GO off the iconic Blue Note label. They also tell a story about paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix at a concert in Monterey, burning a replica guitar on the exact spot on stage that he did.
This entry of California Fool's Gold is about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glassell Park, a working class neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles. Glassell Park's neighbors are the neighborhoods of Eagle Rock to the east, Mount Washington to the southeast, Cypress Park to the south, Elysian Valley to the southwest, Atwater Village to the west, and the Glendale neighborhoods of Adams Hill, Somerset, and Tropico to the north.
Sometime around the 1970s, a distinct Northeast Los Angeles began to emerge. Back then, the NELA 13 gang coined an acronym that their members couldn't have known would turn into a hip branding tool used to market luxury (yet freeway-adjacent) townhomes promising "modern living" in the form of a private dog park and two-car garages. Elsewhere in the neighborhood today, incongruous McMansions are improbably squeezed into tiny lots formerly occupied by tasteful Craftsman homes.
Still, perhaps more than any other neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles (barring Cypress Park), Glassell Park feels largely untouched by the obliterating force of gentrification. Instead it remains a mostly quiet neighborhood (aside from the roosters and heavy rail) of quiet charms -- many of which you'll almost assuredly never discover if you only travel by automobile.
Gang Starr "Just To Get A Rep" from the album Step Into The Arena (1991)
"Mad brothers know his name" are just a few of the well known (and oft quoted or sampled) Gang Starr lyrics rapped by the late great emcee of the legendary hip-hop duo GURU (Gifts Unlimited Rhymes Universal) over DJ Premier's killer track on "Just To Get A Rep." The song was released in February 1991 by Chrysalis/EMI as the lead single (with "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" on the filp side of the 12" single) from the duo's hip-hop classic full-length Step In The Arena that was released a few weeks earlier. Like that album the single "Just To Get A Rep" remains a hip-hop classic. And now 23 full years later it is even clearer what an important role this particular song plays in its part of hip-hop's legacy, with each phrase and rhyme from the song known by heart by every true hip-hop fan and DJs/producers who like to take snippets of it and throw it in the mix. See full song lyrics listed below along with the videos for the other Step In The Arena album tracks as the mellow, chilled out "Lovesick" whose numerous samples include Digital Underground's best known song "The Humpty Dance," the heavily politicized "Who's Gonna Take The Weight?" (my personal fave album track with "Check The Technique" in close second), and the title track itself from the album Step In The Arena that while it was technically the group's second album it was their main introduction to most hip-hop audiences at the time.
The Wednesday Steal sees some awesome piece go on sale for only $10 on Amoeba.com every Wednesday (while supplies last). As always, there’s free shipping on all music and movies you buy on Amoeba.com throughout the United States. The offer is only online, not in stores.
On Nikki Nack, tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus take her highwire vocals and playful experimentation to more palatable pop songs. Check out the playground chants of "Water Fountain" below:
Can you believe it??
Krautrock titans Can will reissue 14 catalog albums on vinyl for the first time in more than a decade, starting with the classics Ege Bamyasi, Tago Mago, Monster Movie and Soundtracks. Those are out Sept. 2 on Mute.
Oct. 7 brings Future Days, Soon Over Babaluma, Landed, Flow Motion amd Saw Delight (the latter of which includes a CD).
Oct. 21 we have Can, Delay, Out Of Reach (including the album for the first time on CD), Rite Time and Unlimited Edition.
On Nov. 4 the band will release The Lost Tapes as five individual LPs. Previously it was only available as a box set.
Can was formed in 1968, releasing their debut album, Monster Movie, in 1969 with Malcolm Mooney on vocals, first introducing their sense of experimentation and layering that would go on to be perfected on the band’s masterpieces, 1971’s Tago Mago and 1972’s Ege Bamyasi. Soundtracks, released in 1970, marked the beginning of Damo Suzuki as the band’s vocalist and compiled tracks written for various films.
Can’s influence would of course go on to be felt immediately, creating the so-called “krautrock” sound alongside loosely associated German bands of the late '60s and early '70s like Neu! and Faust with driving 4/4 beats and layers of sound built around simple structures, as well as later, influencing acts such as Radiohead, Stereolab, Portishead, New Order, Kanye West and countless others. If it’s your first time to the band, these Sept. 2 releases are a good place to start.
Producer David Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev) ends up being the perfect collaborator for Austin’s Spoon on their excellent eighth album. His unmistakable stamp helps the drums explode on rock stomper “Rent I Pay”; he augments the band’s lean indie funk-rock sound with harps and synths on the lovely “Inside Out”; and “Do You’s” loopy spaceiness helps make it the best Britpop song that never was, like late-era Blur on a country kick. Of course, none of the album’s majesty would be possible without the band itself, who co-produce (along with early producer Joe Chiccarelli) and write some of their catchiest tunes to date, and that’s saying something, given that this is the band responsible for earworms like “The Way We Get By.” The band stretches itself to the limits here without straying too far from its core appeal, as songs like the slinky, dark “Outlier” sound unlike anything in the band’s catalog but (pardon the pun) don’t stick out in a bad way. The melodies and arrangements are ace throughout, and frontman Britt Daniel becomes more versatile, engaging in a kind of beatnik singspeak on “Let Me Be Mine” while still unleashing those great, sandpapered pipes to their fullest potential on the chorus of “Do You.” It adds up to one of the best-ever releases from one of the solidest bands in indie rock, a total triumph and utterly welcome return. Spoon will be playing live at Amoeba Hollywood Wednesday Aug. 6 at 6 p.m.!
We’ve told you about the heavy hitters to check out in late summer, but there are always exciting releases bubbling just beneath the surface that are worth your attention as well. Here are five to look out for:
Out Aug. 5
Not that “Twin Peaks.” This one’s a kickass power-pop band from Chicago whose sophomore LP is full of smart, lean songs with a lot of heart. One taste of a song like the two-minute “Flavor” and you might be hooked for life.
Out Aug. 5
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Born on this day: August 4, 1901 - Jazz music icon Louis Armstrong (born in New Orleans, LA). Happy Birthday to one of the greatest musicians that ever lived. Love you, Pops!
On this day in music history: August 4, 1958 - "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Sharon Sheeley, it is the first chart-topping single for the teenaged star of the hit television series The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley (girlfriend of musician Eddie Cochran) will write "Fool" after the break up of her relationship with Don Everly of The Everly Brothers. The track is initially released as part of a four-song 7" EP when it begins to receive airplay. Imperial Records head Lew Chudd will have the song rush released as a single against Nelson's wishes. Since the singer has the right to approve of artwork used on his records, he will not grant permission for the single to be packaged with a picture sleeve (his only Imperial single released without a picture sleeve) to show his disapproval. The song will also be the first number one single on the newly dubbed "Hot 100" chart, previously known as the Best Sellers chart. "Poor Little Fool" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
|The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A.|
Check out a trailer for Napoleon Dymanite below to refresh your memory about how great this movie is:
On Aug. 8 at The Theatre at Ace will be a screening of the horror-comedy Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, followed by a performance by Father John Misty. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
Amoeba 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.
Tickets are limited, so please call first to make sure they are available: 323-245-6400.
JUST ADDED SHOWS:
Here is a full list of tickets we currently have for sale at Amoeba Hollywood:
|Show Name||Venue||Show Date||
(fee not included)
|The Afghan Whigs||Fonda Theatre||10/25/2014||$35.00|
|American Football (4 Ticket Limit)||Fonda Theatre||12/13/2014||$25.00|
|Blonde Redhead||Fonda Theatre||11/12/2014||$25.00|
|Blue October||Fonda Theatre||12/06/2014||$32.50|
|Boy & Bear||Fonda Theatre||10/06/2014||$20.00|
|Broods (CANCELED)||El Rey||10/02/2014||$18.00|
|Aaron Carter||El Rey||12/13/2014||$20.00|
|Clean Bandit||El Rey||09/30/2014||$20.00|
|Com Truise||El Rey||10/04/2014||$22.00|
|Dan + Shay (ON SALE 8/29)||El Rey||10/02/2014||$20.00|
|Dark Star Orchestra||Fonda Theatre||09/26/2014||$30.00|
|De La Tierra (CANCELED)||Fonda Theatre||08/31/2014||$35.00|
|Delta Spirit||El Rey||10/30/2014||$20.00|
|Mac Demarco||Fonda Theatre||11/09 & 11/10||$35.00|
|Depeche Mode Convention||Avalon Hollywood||11/09/2014||$20.00|
|Dirty Loops||Fonda Theatre||11/17/2014||$25.00|
|Justin Townes Earle||El Rey||10/06/2014||$22.00|
|Nils Frahm||El Rey||11/13/2014||$27.50|
|Kina Grannis||Fonda Theatre||12/12/2014||$25.00|
|Noah Gundersen||El Rey||11/21/2014||$17.00|
|Har Mar Superstar||El Rey||11/15/2014||$18.00|
|Ryan Hemsworth (ON SALE 8/29)||Fonda Theatre||12/05/2014||$22.50|
|Peter Hook & the Light||Fonda Theatre||11/22/2014||$22.50|
|Keys N Krates||El Rey||09/20/2014||$25.00|
|King Khan & the Shrines||El Rey||10/07/2014||$18.00|
|Kygo (10/10 SOLD OUT)||Fonda Theatre||10/10 & 10/12||$25.00|
|La Roux||Fonda Theatre||09/23/2014||$30.00|
|Richard Marx||El Rey||11/01/2014||$27.00|
|Andrew McMahon||Fonda Theatre||10/15/2014||$30.50|
|Blake Mills||El Rey||09/18/2014||$30.50|
Moon Block Party
(Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,
Black Angels, Band of Skulls & more)
|Meshell Ndegeocello||El Rey||09/21/2014||$25.00|
|New Politics (4 Ticket Limit)||Fonda Theatre||11/01/2014||$20.50|
|The Orwells||Fonda Theatre||09/29/2014||$20.00|
|Owen Pallett||El Rey||09/13/2014||$20.00|
|Psychedelic Furs/Lemonheads||Fonda Theatre||11/05/2014||$35.00|
|The Raveonettes||El Rey||09/24/2014||$27.00|
|The Rentals||Fonda Theatre||09/05/2014||$25.00|
|Rufus du Sol||Fonda Theatre||10/23/2014||$20.00|
|Katey Sagal||El Rey||09/12/2014||$25.00|
|Savant (ON SALE 8/30)||El Rey||10/31/2014||$20.00|
|Smallpools & Magic Man||Fonda Theatre||11/19/2014||$20.00|
|St. Lucia (4 Ticket Limit)||Fonda Theatre||10/17/2014||$22.49|
|Shovels & Rope||El Rey||11/07/2014||$22.00|
|Simian Mobile Disco||El Rey||09/25/2014||$22.00|
|Sir Sly & Wolf Gang||El Rey||09/29/2014||$20.00|
|Sound Remedy||El Rey||12/12/2014||$18.00|
|Stiff Little Fingers||El Rey||09/03/2014||$25.00|
|Stromae (2 Ticket Limit)||Fonda Theatre||10/04 & 10/05||$27.50|
|Sun Kil Moon||Fonda Theatre||10/09/2014||$25.00|
There is Only Now (21+)
(Souls of Mischief, Pharcyde)
|Toad the Wet Sprocket||Fonda Theatre||11/21/2014||$37.50|
|Trampled by Turtles||Fonda Theatre||10/24/2014||$25.00|
|Trigger Hippy||El Rey||10/01/2014||$20.00|
|Twin Shadow (POSTPONED)||Fonda Theatre||10/08/2014||$27.50|
|Vance Joy||Fonda Theatre||11/28/2014||$22.50|
|The War on Drugs||Fonda Theatre||10/02 & 10/03||$26.00|
|Gerard Way||Fonda Theatre||10/14/2014||$35.00|
|We Were Promised Jetpacks||Fonda Theatre||11/07/2014||$19.99|
|White Denim||Fonda Theatre||10/21/2014||$22.50|
|Wild Feathers||El Rey||10/29/2014||$21.00|
|Wildcat! Wildcat!||El Rey||10/21/2014||$20.00|
|Zola Jesus||El Rey||10/09/2014||$26.00|
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart Week Ending 08:01:14
1) Common Nobody's Smiling (Island/Def Jam)
2) Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)
3) Madlib Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD (Madlib Invasion)
4) Cormega Mega Philosophy (Slimstyle)
5) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invasion)
The brand new hip-hop chart from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store finds longtime Chicago emcee / actor / poet to the president Common in the number one position with his tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling (Island/Def Jam).
Fittingly the theme of this latest full-length from the Windy City artist is Chicago itself in which, as the Amoeba.com reviews, Common examines, "the city’s historically high crime rate but also its sense of pride, there’s no better man to take us through it than Common, whose career as an intellectually leaning yet nearly always relatable presence in hip-hop comes to maximum fruition on Nobody’s Smiling." And the ten track album, which Amoeba accurately calls "a fine return to form for Common," is indeed a strong album - one that should appeal to new and old school hip-hop heads - that features fellow Chicago native No I.D.’s perfectly complimentary production along with well chosen guest spots from such artists as Big Sean, Elijah Blake, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Malik Yusef and Vince Staples (see video for his cameo on the track "Kingdom" above) along with thought-provoking lyrics from Common (the master who brought us the classic "I Used To Love H.E.R.") like these from the title track:
Join us for our next awesome Sidewalk Sale, happening Aug. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. just outside Amoeba Hollywood on Sunset Blvd.
Some of the great bargains we’ll have include:
-45s in all genres at three for $1
-DVDs for $3 (or buy three get one free, excluding box sets)
-DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
-Deals on classical music
-Blu-rays at three for $12
-Books and comics at three for $1
If you haven’t yet made it to an Amoeba Sidewalk Sale, now’s the time. Come down and get some cheap goodies.
Meatbodies – “Tremmors”
The latest great garage-rock band from S.F. delivers an explosion of fuzz riffs and reverbed vocals that cut cleanly through like a scalpel on “Tremmors.” The song is heavy and huge, but it’s handled delicately—the solo could only be described as lightly demonic. I love the way the song switches up to a new fuzzed out set of chords two-thirds of the way through—it’s just icing on the cake. Meatbodies comes from L.A.-based Chad Ubovich, who was Mikal Cronin’s bassist and then guitarist as well as the bassist in Ty Segall’s Fuzz project. Segall previously released some of Ubovich’s home recordings under Chad & The Meatbodies, and now the simply titled Meatbodies album is due soon on In the Red. They’ll be at Echo Park Rising Aug. 16 and The Echo Aug. 28.
Allah-Las – “No Werewolf”