New Vinyl Diggin: Beastie Boys, Boom Bip, MF Doom, Drake, Kool Keith, Fela Kuti, PUTS, Roc Marciano, Miles Davis, Steve Miller Band +

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2016 07:21pm | Post a Comment
2016 Metal Face Records vinyl reissue of Operation: Doomsday : MF Doom's 1999 solo debut

Turns out that all those 'return of the record' stories over the past number of years were quite accurate. Records are back, and in a big way. Between new releases and reissues there's an increasing stream of new vinyl pressings dropping each and every week: from the majors as well as the indie labels who spearheaded this vinyl renaissance. Record Store Day also gets some credit for this resurgence in popularity. Note that this year's Record Store Day (coming up on November 25th) is rumored, as per a Reddit leak this week, to include new RSD vinyl exclusives from such artists as Run-D.M.C., Rudy Ray Moore, The Sugarhill Gang, The Stooges, Prince, Sun Ra, UGK, and The Kinks. But in the six weeks until then, there's no shortage of new vinyl releases getting released every Friday.

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Watch an Amoeba Green Room Session with Lucy Dacus

Posted by Amoebite, October 13, 2016 12:04pm | Post a Comment

Lucy Dacus Green Room Session Amoeba Music

We recently had the pleasure of hearing 21-year old singer/songwriter Lucy Dacus' insightful and honest songs in an intimate setting for our Green Room Sessions at Amoeba Hollywood. Dacus and her band's subtle instrumental pulse was the perfect backing for her beautiful and pure vocals.

Lucy Dacus No Burden Amoeba MusicRichmond, VA native Lucy Dacus has achieved a very rapid rise to success this year, including a recent nod from vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. Originally intending to become a filmmaker, Dacus decided to take some time off of school to record her debut, No Burden. What was at first a casual release to be put up on Bandcamp, the album sparked a bidding war which ultimately landed her on Matador, who has re-released No Burden and will be backing her next project. In the meantime Dacus and her band have been tirelessly touring the country, with upcoming dates in Europe.

Dacus starts off our Green Room Session with "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the catchy first track off No Burden. Her playful vocals glide over the staccato strumming of a lone guitar before the rest of the band comes in with a Strokes-like attitude. Next is "Troublemaker Doppelganger." With its low-rumble swaggering the song builds to a frenetic beat and ultimately a cathartic and soulful last refrain. The band ends by playing the fragile and understated and atmospheric "Dream State."

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Crate Diggers Record Fair Returns to Los Angeles October 22

Posted by Amoebite, October 11, 2016 12:50pm | Post a Comment

Crate Diggers LA 2016

Amoeba Music is proud to sponsor the Crate Diggers record fair, happening Saturday, October 22nd at Lot 613 in downtown LA. 30+ vendors from all over Southern California will be on hand with a ton of great vinyl in all genres of music. Plus, there will be live DJ sets by some of LA's finest providing the soundtrack for your dig. Once the record fair ends at 6pm, it turns into an after party going from 8pm to 4am. The record fair and the after party are free, but you must be 21+ to attend.

What: Crate Diggers Record Fair

When: Saturday, October 22 12pm-6pm, followed by the After Party 8pm - 4am

Where: Lot 613 (613 Imperial St. Los Angeles, CA 90021)

Daytime Record Fair DJs: Nighttime After Party DJs:
Daniel T (Dublab, Distant Works) 
Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch (Funky Sole) 
Xica Soul (Cookie Crew)
Stacy Christine (Shits & Giggles)
Force Placement (Black Lodge)
Lyndon Hill (LA)
Rick Wade (Harmonie Park, Rush Hour)
Zernell (Grimy Edits, Crate Diggers)
Special Headliner TBA


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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Modern Baseball

Posted by Amoebite, October 10, 2016 06:14pm | Post a Comment

Modern Baseball What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

We recently learned here at Amoeba Hollywood that Philly pop-punk rockers Modern Baseball are real cinephiles. On their recent visit to the store the boys picked up some classic DVDs and Blu-rays, like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. "This is a great mix of physical humor and...themes of the modern mall," says drummer Sean Huber, before surprising everyone in the room with his knowledge of the fictional mall's inspiration, The Willowbrook Mall, outside of West Orange, NJ. It turns out guitarist Brendan Lukens is a huge Spielberg fan, not only picking up the 30th anniversary edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures box set, but also the vinyl soundtrack to his personal favorite, Jurassic Park. The band had lots of cool picks and tons of laughs as they revealed what else was in their bags.

Modern Baseball Holy GhostModern Baseball formed when Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald were still in high school. Originally an acoustic duo, after the two friends relocated to Philadelphia for college they met drummer Sean Huber and bassist Ian Farmer, solidifying the band's current lineup. The band got their start playing house shows around Drexel University, where Ewald was a student. In 2012, they released their first album, Sports, which was recorded at Drexel.

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Six Weezer Vinyl Reissues on the Way

Posted by Amoebite, October 10, 2016 05:53pm | Post a Comment

Weezer Vinyl Reissues

This fall marks the twentieth anniversary of Weezer's Pinkerton album, a touchstone in the band's catalog. Fittingly, perhaps, the LP was finally certified platinum last month. Now, with their sophomore album reaching bona fide classic status, the timing seems right for Geffen to dust off the band's first six releases and give them the 120-gram vinyl reissue treatment. The new pressings are due for an October 28th release, but until then, take a peak at our roundup of what makes each one special.

Blue Album

Weezer (Blue Album)

Weezer's legendary 1994 debut was recorded by Ric Ocasek at Electric Lady Studios in New York. The LP features beloved tracks like "Buddy Holly," "Say It Ain't So," and "Undone - The Sweater Song."



Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition -- Intergalactic Mix Tape

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 9, 2016 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Voyager Golden Record

Have you ever dreamed about communicating with extraterrestrials in a galaxy far, far away? How about making a mixed tape for them? This is essentially what astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan did with his Voyager Golden Record 40 years ago.

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager I and II into outer space with Sagan’s record mounted to each in hopesVoyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition that one day the interstellar message would be received by an alien civilization. These records contain the history of mankind in audio: music of many cultures and eras, sounds of Earth (volcanoes, earthquake, frogs, birds, heartbeat, laughter, train, Saturn 5 Lift-off…), greetings in 55 languages, whale greetings, and much more (even images encoded in analog).

We may never know if the album was received by our extraterrestrial neighbors, but now YOU can experience this amazing document of Earth for the first time ever! In celebration of Voyager’s 40th anniversary in 2017, The Voyager Golden Record is being reissued for human enjoyment thanks to a team up between Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz, graphic designed Lawrence Azerrad, and Amoeba Music San Francisco’s own Timothy Daly. The only way to get one is to participate in the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter campaign, which ends on October 20, 2016.

The cloth-covered box set will house three heavyweight translucent gold vinyl records. The LPs will Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Editioncontain the same music, greetings, and sounds as contained on the original Voyager Golden Record, which is nearly two hours of audio (see the complete track list below). The box set includes a hardbound book of images from the original interstellar message, photos of the planets returned to Earth from the Voyager probes, essays, and ephemera from the project's history.

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Behind The Scenes With Con Brio: Interview with Ziek McCarter

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 9, 2016 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Con Brio

By Dominique Gomez
Photos by Sarah Felker
This article also appears on DoTheBay

Con Brio is the modern musical excellence where funk meets soul. These Bay Area locals have developed not only a name for themselves in music but a name for music in the Bay Area. After a rigorous tour over the past year, hitting all the biggest venues and festivals throughout the world, Con Brio will find themselves headlining at the UC Theatre in Berkeley on October 14th, 2016 with Kev Choice and Kuchaw. Enter to win a pair of tickets to this show with DoTheBay HERE!

At the young age of 24, frontman Ziek McCarter rallies the masses with his desirably alluring vocals and Con Briounbelievably talented moves. His musical story began when he, officially, moved from Texas to San Francisco at just 18 years old. Surrounded by the enchantment that is of the Fillmore District, McCarter quickly found his way into the music scene ever so naturally due to his profound talent and stage presence.

Right out of their rehearsal space in Oakland, previously owned by a woodshop, DoTheBay's Sarah Fleker shot photos of the band in their natural element while we got on the phone with McCarter to get a closer look at one of the Bay Area's local heroes.

You moved to SF from Texas when you were 18, right?

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